Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Friday that the government would only approve the return of around 4,000 Australians a week to the country and that they would have to pay the cost of 14 days in a hotel after their return to avoid possible infections of the new one Corona virus.
Authorities estimate that over 70,000 permanent residents and Australians have isolated themselves in hotels after returning to the country in the past few weeks. So far, the executive has approved about 7,000 weekly returns, but the number is being reduced to avoid a possible explosion of COVID-19 cases.
Morrison has recognized that the measure, which will take effect on Monday, may make it difficult for people who are currently in other countries to return, but has raised national interest. “We want to focus on the resources required to test and track possible cases,” he said, according to ABC.
The authorities suspect that violations of the hotel’s quarantine have been reported in the state of Victoria, where 288 coronavirus infections were registered this Friday. This is an unprecedented number since the pandemic started.