In Australia, the strict quarantine of travelers does not prevent contamination
Sydney (AFP) - Faced with new variants of the coronavirus, Australia and New Zealand are considering strengthening their fourteen-day quarantine policy for travelers arriving from abroad, which does not prevent contamination.
The authorities in the state of Victoria called on Wednesday for stricter measures because of the British, Brazilian and South African variants.
"These highly infectious strains are proving very difficult to contain," Victoria Prime Minister Dan Andrews said, announcing the closure of a Melbourne hotel, hosting people in quarantine, after the appearance.of Covid-19 cases.
"Quarantine and health measures must now be different from what they were a month ago, six months ago," he said.
In Australia and New Zealand, authorities this week began to assess quarantine procedures and structures.
The proposals range from opening establishments in the Australian outback to more frequent and longer screening of travelers from overseas.
Since the start of the pandemic, around 320,000 travelers have arrived via ports or airports in Australia or New Zealand, from where they have been transferred to dedicated hotels to be confined for 14 days in a room.
All over the world, countries, foremost among them Great Britain, Canada and Thailand, are trying to replicate this device, relatively effective so far.
The Australian Minister of Health has also qualified this quarantine system as a "benchmark" internationally.
But in Australia as in New Zealand, two countries which have largely succeeded in containing the epidemic, more and more voices are raised to question this protocol.
Posted Date: 2021-02-14