COVID-19: NSW cuts international arrivals by 50% from 1500 to 750 per week temporarily
Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Premier has cut the number of international arrivals in half due to the staff costs of thousands of police and health workers required to run the hotel quarantine program which only records a few COVID-19 positive cases.
Presumably, these resources can be better deployed on policing health restrictions and used at testing and vaccination centres.
The Premier also said the cut to international arrivals was only temporary, lasting for a month. She is prepared to look at home quarantine once the state reaches vaccination targets – now expected in mid-October.
Well, I did predict this would happen soon, and it looks like they left it until the beginning of 2023 to make the announcements.
This is not good for international repatriations, or for airlines flying into Australia.
Interestingly this decision appears based on economics, not health advice.