LABOR URGES MANDATORY HOTEL QUARANTINE FOR ALL AIR TRAVELERS FROM VICTORIA

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Labor is urging the NSW Government to require mandatory hotel quarantine for all those arriving by plane from Victoria for the duration of the six week lockdown recently announced by the Victorian Government.

With thousands of cases every week, Victoria is a COVID-19 hotspot. NSW must act to prevent the spread of COVID-19 through the state to protect lives and jobs by mandating hotel quarantine for travellers that fly from Melbourne to Sydney to prevent a second wave from taking hold in NSW.

Shadow Minister for Health Ryan Park said: “The situation in Victoria is extremely serious and our thoughts are with all Victorians.

“NSW residents entering from Victoria are now as great a risk as those returning from overseas.

“We can’t take any chances and we know the most effective thing we’ve done to combat this virus was mandatory hotel quarantine for people travelling from overseas hotspots.

“Transmission from Victoria could kick off a second wave of this virus in NSW, It is the biggest threat we face to both lives and jobs. We can’t afford another Ruby Princess catastrophe that sees a few cases turn into a major outbreak” Mr Park said.

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