South Australia launches home quarantine trial

    South Australia‘s (SA) Premier Steven Marshall stated (15-Sep-2021) South Australia this week expanded its home quarantine trial to Australians returning from overseas. Mr Marshall said the ‘Home Quarantine SA’ app received “great feedback from users, with about 50 people involved in the domestic trial so far”. Of the people involved, 18 of those “successfully completed the trial so far, with the remainder expected to complete their quarantine in coming days”. The international traveller trial will involve about 90 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel who are returning from lower risk countries. All participants have been pre-selected and must be fully vaccinated against coronavirus and have a suitable home available that is self-contained and does not have shared corridors, lifts or other facilities. They will travel in their own vehicles from the Royal Australian Air Force Base to their accommodation with a South Australia Police (SAPOL) escort, where they will stay for the full 14 days of their quarantine period. The trial participants will need to provide a negative test result 72 hours before the flight departs for Australia, then on arrival in the country and again on day three, five, seven, nine and 13. South Australia Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the strict measures surrounding the trial were in place to reduce the risk of coronavirus entering the South Australian community. The Home Quarantine SA app will undertake random location check-ins using live facial verification three times a day, while SAPOL will conduct at least one random physical compliance check for each participant during the trial period. Following assessment of the initial trial, SA Health will review the opportunity to extend the pilot to other cohorts.

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