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(Australian Associated Press)
DOCTORS PROPOSE BORDER PLAN
The Australian Medical Association is asking national cabinet to improve hotel quarantine and establish long-term facilities to allow international travel to restart.
- Doctors and business groups say Australia can’t keep its international border closed forever
- COVID-19 continues to spread internationally, including into Australia
- The AMA says once an adequate proportion of the population is vaccinated, borders should be progressively opened to other countries
- National cabinet should strengthen hotel quarantine including improved ventilation, better personal protective equipment and vaccinations
- An urgent stocktake of facilities (outside of hotel quarantine) is needed to see what can be repurposed and used to take incoming arrivals
- Existing proposals for quarantine facilities should be fast-tracked
- A national partnership and funding agreement between the federal and state governments is needed to establish longer-term dedicated quarantine facilities
* Public hospitals should get funding to boost their surge capacity to deal with outbreaks, as well as keeping up with ongoing growth in demand for services.