Sumary of Home quarantine for returned overseas travellers ‘months away’:
- One of Australia’s top Covid-19 authorities has said it could be months before all returned travellers will be allowed to isolate at home.
- Jane Halton, chair of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and commissioner of the National COVID-19 Commission Advisory Board, said a pilot program would still be underway at the time the border opened – meaning the option would not be available for everyone.
- “We have to get the vaccination rates (to) at least 80 per cent before we get the borders open and then we have to find some way to run the sequencing, but I am very hopeful that we will have the pilot program up and running in the next couple of months,” Ms Halton told Sunrise.
- ”Ms Halton was then asked why home quarantine was needed if Australians were fully vaccinated.
- She pointed to the Doherty Institute’s modelling, which national cabinet was using for its plan to come out of the pandemic.
- Camera IconSouth Australian’s home quarantine app uses geolocation and facial recognition software to track those in isolation.