“The proposal is to further strengthen the COVID safety of end to end international travel processes (from arrival at Airport of embarkation in the exit country, to final clearance from hotel quarantine in Australia). This is being done particularly in the context of the UK strain,” Morrison wrote on Facebook on Jan. 6.
He said the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee has met every day during the most recent outbreak and discussed their proposal on Jan. 6.
“They will discuss the proposal further tomorrow before making a formal submission to National Cabinet,” Morrison said. “The meeting will also provide an opportunity to further update National Cabinet on the Federal Government’s vaccination programme, where considerable progress is being made over the break.”
This comes as Australian political leaders and health experts have urged the federal government to require people to test negative before they may board repatriation flights.
Omar Khorshid, president of the Australian Medical Association, agrees. He worries that the UK variant may escape Australia’s hotel quarantine.
“But with this highly transmissible variant of COVID, either the UK or South African one, there’s going to be more potential for that spread to occur from an infected traveller to a quarantine worker,” he said.