ACT imposes new quarantine rules amid Omicron fears

Ian Bushnell 29 November 2021 9
Canberra airport

Canberra arrivals from overseas, particularly southern Africa, face new quarantine requirements. Photo: File.

The ACT has slapped new quarantine measures on international travellers from southern Africa amid mounting concerns about the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.

ACT Health says anyone in the ACT who has been in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Seychelles, Malawi, Namibia, and/or Eswatini in the past 14 days must get a COVID-19 PCR test and quarantine immediately.

From today ACT Health will also require fully vaccinated overseas travellers who have not been in these countries to quarantine until 11:59 pm Tuesday 30 November.

Travellers who arrived from overseas before 11:59 pm 27 November, are already in the ACT and have travelled from or spent any time in the countries listed above in the past 14 days should have a COVID-19 PCR test as soon as possible.

Those who have not had an initial test within 24 hours of arrival to Australia, must get tested.

They are also required to quarantine at their current residence/accommodation until 14 days have passed since last in the listed country, and complete a Declaration Form available on the ACT COVID-19 website.

Household members must also quarantine with the traveller.

International travellers arriving from the countries listed above on or after 11:59 pm 27 November must quarantine at the port of entry to Australia regardless of vaccination status.

Travellers need to follow the directions of the port they have arrived in.

International travellers who are fully vaccinated, arriving from countries other than those listed above intending to travel to the ACT must follow the requirements of the jurisdiction of their port of entry to Australia.

If the port of entry allows onward travel to the ACT, travellers will be required to complete a Declaration Form within 24 hours prior to arrival into the ACT.

They are required to quarantine at their ACT residence/accommodation until 11:59 pm on Tuesday 30 November 2021.

Fully vaccinated travellers arriving from overseas that have recently arrived in the ACT must follow existing testing requirements for returned travellers and get a test within 24 hours of arrival to Australia and again on day 5-6 after arrival.

Entry restrictions to high-risk facilities (including hospitals, correctional and detention facilities, residential aged care facilities and some other residential facilities) also apply.

These measures align with announcements made by the Federal Government.

No cases of the Omicron variant of concern of COVID-19 have been identified in the ACT to date.

There were seven new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the ACT in the 24 hours to 8 pm yesterday, bringing the number of active cases to 162.

There are seven people in hospital including five in intensive care, four of whom are ventilated.

There were 1397 negative test results received in the 24 hours to 9 am today.


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Stephen Saunders Stephen Saunders 1:19 am 29 Nov 21

Turns out, you needed a global virus, to overrule the frantic LibLab mass-migration program, or “Big Australia”. Only mutations of that virus, or similar-force health calamities, would stop them from resuming. “GDP growth” is all that matters.

HiddenDragon HiddenDragon 7:39 pm 28 Nov 21

With Australia’s international border being “thrown open” (as tonight’s TV news reports are reminding us) from next Wednesday, things are going to get very interesting – particularly with tick-tocking of the federal election clock now so audible.

jorie1 jorie1 6:30 pm 28 Nov 21

Close the international borders to everyone but Australian citizens! And have strict quarantine for Aussies coming in here . Open all the domestic borders (without prejudice) – Australian citizens should be able to travel freely within their own country. Time to put Australian citizens first and open up Australia for Australians. All the mutations/strains keep happening overseas, and we need to shut the door and stop letting them in.

Capital Retro Capital Retro 3:36 pm 28 Nov 21

It was reported this morning that on some international flights into Paris, 10% of the passengers had tested positive for the new strain of COVID.

Futureproof Futureproof 2:51 pm 28 Nov 21

International arrivals = lockdowns, rinse and repeat. There’s a lesson there, but no one seems to have learnt a thing

Sam Oak Sam Oak 2:08 pm 28 Nov 21

Complete overreaction based on a concocted story of a “super variant” that evades vaccines. The elite ruler class is trying their best to bring fear again to the masses after we’ve all gotten over this trivial affair. Wouldn’t be surprised if this thing disappears in a few days or replaced with the next fabled mutation. People just need to get on with life. No coincidence Omicron is an anagram of MORONIC!

    rocca66 rocca66 7:12 pm 28 Nov 21

    Agreed

    JC JC 10:31 pm 28 Nov 21

    As was the case with delta the over reaction as you put it is just a pause to buy time to see how big a problem it really is.

    Initial reports are that whilst is spreads quickly the symptoms are relatively minor. So if that is the case and this one ends up being dominant it may actually be a good thing. Lots of if’s there.

    What isn’t in doubt is that this and the whole covid thing is some concocted gavel. But if it is then it is the worlds best conspiracy with almost every leader in the world in on it.

    Acton Acton 7:06 am 29 Nov 21

    Moronic is a good anagram for Omicron. Another is ‘I CON MOR’.

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