Dan Andrews confirms international flights into Melbourne to remain suspended

Regardless of Victoria’s snap lockdown set to come to an finish on Wednesday night time, Dan Andrews says international flights will remain suspended for a while but.

Premier Daniel Andrews revealed on Tuesday that Victoria was “well-placed” to make modifications to the lockdown restrictions set to finish on Wednesday night time, however international flights wouldn’t be one in all them.

The flights carrying Australian residents getting back from abroad have been suspended final Friday night time after COVID-19 escaped Victoria’s lodge quarantine methods from the second time and plunged the state into a 3rd lockdown.

Mr Andrews stated the federal government wanted extra time to consider the impression of the brand new measures set to be introduced on Wednesday on international flights and lodge quarantine.

“They won’t go straight again on once more however later within the week I’ll replace you on when flights will probably be coming again,” the Premier stated on Tuesday.

International flights will not return to Melbourne Airport on Thursday.
Digital camera IconInternational flights is not going to return to Melbourne Airport on Thursday. Credit score: Information Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire / Luis Ascui

“There’s at all times exemptions for quarantine. There’s at all times some individuals who would give you the chance to get in for no matter motive however as to the return of flights and their schedule and what the impression of this on our quotas is, at present is just too early for me to affirm that.”

Victoria was plunged again into stage 4 lockdown on Friday night time after a number of instances of transmission throughout the Melbourne Airport Vacation Inn quarantine lodge escaped into the neighborhood.

That cluster now stands at 19 after two new infections have been reported on Tuesday.

The lockdown was solely supposed to final 5 days and is due to expire at 11.59pm on Wednesday.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says the state is well-placed to make changes on Wednesday.
Digital camera IconVictorian Premier Daniel Andrews says the state is well-placed to make modifications on Wednesday. Credit score: Information Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire / Andrew Henshaw

“It’s honest to say that with simply two contained extra neighborhood instances at present (Tuesday), this technique is working,” Mr Andrews stated.

“We’re well-placed to give you the chance to make modifications tomorrow night time.

“I’m not able to definitively commit to that, as a result of these subsequent 24 hours will, in fact, be essential.

“Nonetheless, with a comparatively small variety of new instances, the superb work that our contact tracing groups have finished, the work of lab technicians and so many different folks, we’re very nicely positioned, however we received’t know and we received’t give you the chance to make a remaining name on that till a while on Wednesday.”

Mr Andrews additionally flagged the state authorities was “actively pursuing and analyzing” the development of a purpose-built quarantine centre to ease the strain on inside metropolis accommodations.

He stated the ability can be cabin-style and related to the Howard Springs mannequin within the Northern Territory.

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