Regional Australia cannot carry all the quarantine risk

Regional Australia cannot carry all the quarantine risk
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These proposals have the advantage of being next to airports, minimising travel time to accommodation and the exposure risk along the way, and are fairly close to large tertiary hospitals for arrivals who need medical care. Such facilities would also accommodate workers on site, reducing the risk of staff taking the virus home to their communities. Guests would have more fresh air, which helps limit the spread of COVID-19 and improves the mental health of those in quarantine. And the construction and operation of these facilities would create jobs, providing an economic boost to the regions that host them.

But moving quarantine into the regions carries significant risk and logistical challenges. The quarantine system requires a large workforce and it would be a challenge to transport so…



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