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ADF deployed to enforce universal quarantine for Australians returning home

By March 29, 2020 No Comments
Any Australians returning from overseas will be quarantined in hotels for two weeks as the government steps up its response to the spread of the coronavirus.
Today, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said two-thirds of Australia’s COVID-19 cases had come from overseas.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said all returning Australians will be quarantined for two weeks in hotels.(AAP)
“If their home is in South Australia, or in Perth, or in Tasmania, and they have arrived in Melbourne, they will be quarantining in Melbourne. If it is in Sydney, it will be in Sydney.”
Arrivals numbers have fallen so much that state and territory governments say they are now able to practically carry out a universal quarantine.
Mr Morrison said yesterday, 7120 people arrived at Australian airports – compared to more than 48,000 a day this time last year.
The states and territories will be funding and enforcing the quarantine, with support from the federal government through the Border Force, and even the Australian Defence Force.
“I want to stress – members of the Australian Defence Force are not authorised as enforcement officers regarding prosecution in States and Territories,” Mr Morrison said.
“That is the responsibility of law enforcement officers so sworn in those jurisdictions. The ADF will be there to support those enforcement authorities.”