Coronavirus Omicron variant: how Australia’s states and territories are responding

All vaccinated foreign travelers will be required to complete a PCR test and manage under stringent state government measures to self-isolate in NSW, ACT and Victoria. omicron type.

In separate statements issued on 30 November, NSW Premier Dominic Perrot and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said all returned foreign travelers must complete tests before self-isolating at the designated location. Similar measures exist in the Act.

“People will only be able to come out of isolation at the end of the 72-hour period if they have had a negative result,” Mr Perrot’s statement said.

As the world grapples with the emergence of a new highly permeable version of COVID-19, concerned scientists in South Africa – where Omicron was first identified – are scrambling to combat its lightning that spread across the country . (AP)

Under the measures outlined by Mr Andrews, passengers would also have to complete an additional PCR test between five and seven days after arriving in Victoria.

“All flight crews residing abroad during the 14-day period prior to their arrival in Victoria must comply with the requirements for foreign returnees until their next flight,” he said.

All flights to Australia from eight southern African countries – South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Malawi and Mozambique – have been suspended for two weeks.

Under federal government health regulations, all travelers arriving in Australia from the above countries during the 14-day period prior to arrival in NSW must enter hotel quarantine for 14 days, regardless of vaccination status.

NSW and ACT restrictions apply to the same eight countries, while Victorian measures include the Seychelles.

All flights to Australia from eight southern African countries have been suspended for two weeks. (a current affair)

Jane Halton, president of the Coalition for Pandemic Preparedness Innovations, told Today Border restrictions were a good short-term solution.

“A pause on those who are not citizens of those countries is probably prudent.

“What we’re trying to do is slow it down … we’re going to be able to learn how we can best handle this variant.”

The new version, labeled Omicron by the World Health Organization on Saturday, has been found in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, Israel, Belgium and the United Kingdom.

Here’s how Australia’s states and territories are responding:

The Gutwein government has announced that anyone who has spent time in a foreign location on or after November 28, except in the South Island of New Zealand, will not be allowed into Tasmania.

Any traveler who wishes to travel to Tasmania and who has spent 14 days abroad prior to Sunday, November 28 will need to be approved as an essential traveller.

Essential passengers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to their arrival.

They will also face quarantine and other rules.

All vaccinated foreign travelers will be required to undergo a PCR test and self-isolate for 72 hours as part of the stringent new precautionary measures.

Anyone who has already arrived in NSW, who has been to any of the eight African countries within the past 14 days, should get tested immediately, isolate for 14 days and contact NSW Health on 1800 943 553 Should call.

In addition to testing requirements, the NSW government will increase the cost of fines for non-compliance.

Any breach of separation, trial and requirements will result in a financial fine of $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for corporations.

This is up from the previous $1000 and $5000 respectively.

The new rules came into effect from 12.01 pm on December 1.

In addition to Commonwealth measures, all foreigners arriving in New South Wales are now required to undergo tests and isolate for 72 hours.

All flight crew who have been abroad for a period of 14 days prior to arrival in NSW must travel directly to their place of residence or residence and remain isolated for 14 days or until on another flight leaving Australia Their departure does not occur, in line with current regulations for unaffiliated flight crew.

Testing is underway in New South Wales to determine whether two foreign arrivals who tested positive for COVID-19 after landing in Sydney are carrying the new Omicron variant. (Photographer: Brendan Thorne / Bloomberg) (supplied)

All unaffiliated travelers from any foreign country will continue to enter hotel quarantine.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrot said “the NSW Government will continue to put community safety first by taking these precautionary but important steps until more information becomes available”.

As part of the stringent new precautionary measures, migrant travelers will be required to complete a PCR test and self-isolate for 72 hours.

Under the measures outlined by Mr Andrews, passengers would also have to complete an additional PCR test between five and seven days after arriving in Victoria.

“Anyone who has already arrived in Victoria, who has been to any of the nine African countries within the past 14 days, should get tested immediately and isolate for 14 days,” the premier said.

Under existing public health orders, passengers must have an International Traveler Travel Permit prior to arrival in Victoria. All foreign arrivals must undergo a standard PCR test within 24 hours and between the fifth and seventh day of entry into Victoria.

All vaccinated Australia-based aircrew, who have been to one of the nine countries above, will be required to quarantine for 14 days at their place of residence or alternate accommodation until their next flight.

All vaccinated Australia-based aircrew arriving from another international country and not visiting one of the nine countries listed above will be required to quarantine for 72 hours at home or at their place of residence.

International aircrew will be required to quarantine for 72 hours or 14 days in Victoria’s hotel quarantine program – depending on whether they are in one of the nine countries. Testing requirements also apply.

Non-vaccinated international arrivals must spend 14 days in hotel quarantine, as will non-vaccinated aircraft crew or until their next flight.

Victoria’s acting chief health officer, Deborah Friedman, said officials are working to better understand the new Omicron variant.

“We will continue to work with the Commonwealth Government and state and regional partners to better understand the potential impacts of this new version and what actions are needed to keep Australians safe.”

South Australia has implemented some of the strongest restrictions nationwide.

All international travelers arriving from high-risk locations within Australia and people arriving in the state or transferring international travelers directly through another port in South Australia will now undergo a 14-day quarantine.

Meanwhile LGAs at low risk or medium risk must show evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of arrival.

SA Police says that the provision of allowing people to take a COVID-19 test after their arrival in the state and quarantine until a negative test result is received has been removed.

Australian Capital Territory

The act closed its doors to the eight southern African countries affected by the flight ban and requires all other fully vaccinated international travelers to test and self-isolate at home for three days.

The government says anyone who has lived in one of the listed countries in the past 14 days must enter Australia before traveling to the ACT.

Other international travelers must complete an online declaration form, travel directly to their ACT residence to begin a three-day quarantine and be tested for COVID-19 within 24 hours of their arrival in Australia and on their sixth day in the country needed.

The government said in an update released on November 30 that even after leaving the quarantine, they would be “strongly encouraged to limit movement” due to “uncertain public health implications associated with the Omicron version”.

Earlier, the government had insisted on fully vaccinating foreign travelers – except those from southern African countries – in quarantine by 11.59 pm on November 30.

All unvaccinated travelers from any foreign country will continue to be entered into hotel quarantine for 14 days.

Western Australia's Premier Mark McGowan has faced an increase in personal threats in recent weeks.
Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan announced the tightening of the border with South Australia. (Getty)

WA Premier Mark McGowan has not ruled out changing the state’s COVID-19 roadmap in light of the new Omicron edition.

9News understands Mr McGowan will not hesitate to make changes to border rules, which are expected to ease in mid-February, if the edition expands to Australia.

There has been no change in the state’s international arrival rules, requiring all foreign travelers to spend 14 days in hotel quarantine.

But WA has announced a tightening of the border with South Australia.

Those arriving from South Australia will have to undergo 14 days of self-isolation.

This change became effective from 1.15 pm on November 27.

SA has recorded eight COVID-19 cases since opening its borders on 23 November, although no evidence of community spread of the virus has been established.

Travelers entering WA from NT are subject to similar restrictions.

Officials urged people to remain calm about the Omicron version of COVID-19, saying the state’s current restrictions are enough to protect the population.

Deputy Chief Health Officer Peter Aitken said yesterday all international arrivals are already going into hotel quarantine and domestic arrivals from states with open international borders are going into home quarantine.

A person in the Northern Territory tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday after arriving from South Africa.

Genomic sequencing began to determine whether it was the Omicron variant.

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“We don’t have genomic sequencing of that case yet, but it will be started in the coming days,” Northern Territory Health Minister Natasha Files said. Community.

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