Australian prime minister Daniel Andrews says those returning to Victoria, Australia will need to test negative for the coronavirus before being released from quarantine.
Victoria is the only state in Australia to test returning passengers for three days and 11 days.
Starting Sunday, the 11th day test will become mandatory and those who refuse to comply will remain in quarantine for another 10 days.
Andrews also said that some suburbs could stay at home or get some kind of lockdown if needed.
“I am not announcing this today, but today there was some talk in the media about such suburban crashes,” he said.
Background: Victoria has experienced a sudden increase in cases over the past two weeks. Last Friday, the state said it would launch a targeted testing program, allowing 10 suburban residents to take free tests for the next 10 days.
A total of 40,000 tests have been carried out since the launch of the program.
Andrews said the current situation is “like a wildfire.”
“It’s hard to put forward, but it’s something we can contain.”
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