COVID Australia: NSW to begin trial of seven-day home quarantine for fully-vaxxed international 💥👩💥

New South Wales is set to begin a trial of a seven-day home quarantine for fully-vaccinated international returns as the state recorded 1,284 new cases of Covid-19 and 12 deaths on Friday.

It was announced 175 fully-vaccinated people will take part in the test of the new system which will slash the time required for returned travellers to isolate.

The four-week trial will begin at the end of September and will eventually replace the current requirement of two weeks in hotel quarantine.

New South Wales is set to begin a trial of a seven-day home quarantine for fully-vaccinated international returns as the state recorded 1,284 new cases of Covid-19 and 12 deaths (pictured, a resident in Sydney)

It was announced 175 fully-vaccinated people will take part in the test of the new system which will slash the time required for returned travellers to isolate (pictured, a passenger in Sydney)

It was announced 175 fully-vaccinated people will take part in the test of the new system which will slash the time required for returned travellers to isolate (pictured, a passenger in Sydney)

Minister for Tourism Stuart Ayres said 30 people a week would take part in the trial with different types of accomodation, age groups and conditions to be tested.

‘We want to expand the amount of people who can come back to Sydney as quickly as possible. We want Australians is coming back through Sydney airport, we want international tourists coming through Sydney,’ he said.

Mr Ayres reiterated that the home quarantine trial would only be extended to fully-vaccinated people who lived in NSW.

Of the twelve new deaths recorded, six were men and six were women, two of whom were aged in their 20s.

One of the women aged in her 20s was from western Sydney and died at Nepean Hospital. She had received one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and had underlying health conditions.

The other woman aged in her 20s died at Gosford Hospital and was not vaccinated.

Of the remaining 10 deaths, three people were in their 50s, one person was in their 60s, two people were in their 70s, three people were in their 80s, and one person was in their 90s.

There are currently 1245 cases of Covid-19 in hospital, 228 people in intensive care, and 112 people requiring ventilation.

‘For those returning Australians who have double dose vaccinations, they will be able to consider having a home quarantine setting rather than having to be in a hotel,’ the NSW Premier said.

It comes as twelve country towns were released from lockdown at 1pm on Thursday but residents were urged to remain vigilant while enjoying their new-found freedom.

However, Lismore and Albury were plunged back into a seven-day lockdown from 6pm on Thursday after too many new cases emerged.

Albury, on the Victorian-NSW border, recorded two mystery cases with ‘possible links to Sydney’ but believed to be unrelated to each other.

One case of coronavirus was detected in Lismore in the state’s north, again with possible links to Sydney, with health officials concerned about exposure in the area.

The twelve regional LGAs freed from lockdown include Bega Valley, Blayney, Bogan, Cabonne, Dungog, Forbes, Muswellbrook, Narrabri, Parkes, Singleton, snowy Monaro and the Upper Hunter shire LGAs.

The country towns coming out of lockdown were deemed low-risk by health officials and have not recorded any cases of the virus for the past two weeks.

It comes as NSW Labor wants the state government to restore more outdoor recreation freedoms to western Sydney locals, after two regional NSW areas went back into lockdown.

Two regional NSW local government areas have been forced back into COVID-19 lockdown as the Labor opposition demands more requests more freedoms for those in virus-hit western Sydney.

Lismore and Albury have re-entered lockdown for at least the next seven days after three cases were detected across the two areas.

The sources of the infections in both regions are unknown but NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer Marianne Gale suspects they are linked to Sydney.

The Lismore case has prompted a shift in the ‘border bubble’ arrangement negotiated days ago by Queensland and NSW, while the effect of Albury’s lockdown on Wodonga is not yet clear.

Wodonga is in Victoria, on the south side of the Murray River.

Just hours before Lismore and Albury were plunged back into lockdown, stay-at-home orders were repealed across 12 other regions.

Meanwhile, NSW Labor has called for more freedoms for outdoor exercise and recreation to be restored to western Sydney locals, including additional freedoms for outdoor picnics.

‘The chief health officer has repeatedly informed the community that the transmission of the Delta variant is far more prevalent in indoor settings so it makes sense for the government to take a look at this,’ opposition health spokesman Ryan Park said on Friday.

‘It still could remain restricted to double vaccinated households but surely spending a few hours outdoors at this very good time is a small way that families can try and get some enjoyment back.’

Deputy Premier John Barilaro on Friday said his government would stick to its ‘measured approach’ for reopening after lockdown.

Meanwhile, a NSW parliamentary inquiry into the state’s outbreak will resume on Friday, focusing on issues in western Sydney.

It comes as NSW reported 1351 new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 and 12 deaths in the 24 hours to 8pm on Wednesday, taking the toll for the three-month virus outbreak past 200.

Twelve people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 across three social housing buildings in inner Sydney’s Redfern. A mobile vaccination team is visiting each tower building to provide vaccinations.

Elsewhere, a man has been charged with the serious assault of another man at a drive-through Covid-19 testing clinic in Auburn.

The 18-year-old man allegedly pulled the 55-year-old male victim from his car and punched and kneed him before driving away.

He will appear at Burwood Local Court later on Friday.

COVID Australia: NSW to begin trial of seven-day home quarantine for fully-vaxxed international

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