WATCH LIVE: Prime Minister Scott Morrison to provide COVID-19 update and quarantine response at Friday press conference
Scott Morrison will address the nation after New South Wales plunged Australia’s already fractured national reopening plan into further disarray.
The newly instated Premier Dominic Perrottet announced on Friday that fully vaccinated overseas arrivals would no longer be subject to hotel quarantine in his state from November 1.
Morrison will appear at a press conference at 2.30pm AEDT. You’ll be able to watch it LIVE in the video player ABOVE.
But the international border is a matter primarily operated by the federal government, casting doubt over whether that is Perrottet’s call to make.
Under the reopening plan, an 80 per cent double-dose vaccination rate was supposed to trigger a gradual reopening of international travel with “safe countries” and “proportionate quarantine”.
The deal – based on Doherty Institute modelling – signalled reduced requirements for fully vaccinated travellers.
But quarantine-free travel was only part of the final “post-vaccination” phase which seeks to manage coronavirus in the same way as other infectious diseases.
The explosive departure from the plan raises major questions about state borders and requirements for international arrivals wanting to leave NSW.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said arrivals would need to test negative before and after boarding, as well as prove vaccination status.
“I’ve had numerous discussions with the prime minister over the course of this period about dispensing with hotel quarantine – they support this policy,” he told reporters in Sydney.
“They will need to implement it from a border perspective and we want tourists back into the state as quickly as possible.”
New South Wales is expected to reach 80 per cent double dose vaccine rates at the weekend.
– with AAP