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Australian international travel and home-based quarantine to start in November

ZDNet

Fully vaccinated people living in Australia will be able to able to travel internationally in November, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday. "The government's intention is that once changes are made in November, the current overseas travel restrictions related to COVID-19 will be removed and Australians will be able to travel subject to any other travel advice and limits, as long as they are fully vaccinated and those countries' border settings allow," he said. The November target date is when the Australian government expects the nation to hit the 80% vaccination rate. Australian citizens and permanent residents who cannot be vaccinated -- for example, if they are under 12 or have a medical condition -- will be treated as vaccinated for the purposes of their travel. The accepted vaccinations currently are Pfizer (Comirnaty), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Moderna (Spikevax), and Johnson and Johnson (Janssen), which were approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).


NSW opens to vaccinated world with cap on unvaccinated arrivals at 210 per week

ZDNet

The New South Wales government has announced it will put a cap on the number of unvaccinated people flying into the state from overseas. From November 1, only 210 unvaccinated people coming from overseas will be allowed to arrive in the state per week. For those who are unvaccinated, they will be required to undergo a two-week hotel quarantine. The New South Wales government was trialling home quarantine for people arriving in Australia based around a mobile app using geolocation and face recognition, but NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism, and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said implementing such a measure at scale would be "immensely challenging". "There is absolutely no reason why we should take health staff or police staff or other public servants away from their frontline duties for them to monitor people in quarantine," Ayres said.


US to loosen travel restrictions for visitors from 33 countries in early November

ZDNet

The US will ease travel restrictions for foreign visitors from certain countries who have received their COVID-19 vaccinations from early November, the White House said on Monday. From early November, fully vaccinated passengers -- both US citizens and foreign visitors from certain countries -- will not be subject to any quarantine mandates upon arrival in the US, the government said. The looser travel restrictions will apply to citizens from Schengen Zone countries, as well as Brazil, China, India, Iran, Ireland, South Africa, and the UK. Currently only US citizens, residents, and foreigners with special visas are allowed to enter the US without being required to quarantine. As part of these upcoming travel rules, returning vaccinated US citizens and foreign visitors will be required to show proof of vaccination and return a negative COVID-19 test that is taken within three days of departure, Jen Psaki said at a press briefing.


Australia debuts 'Orwellian' new app using facial recognition, geolocation to enforce quarantine

FOX News

The government of South Australia has implemented a new policy requiring Australians to use an app with facial recognition software and geolocation to prove that they are abiding by a 14-day quarantine for travel within the country. While a conservative policy expert described the policy as "Orwellian," he told Fox News that it represents an improvement over the current COVID-19 policy. Australia has banned international travel unless residents have a permit to leave the country. The country has also severely restricted travel between the six states of Australia. Residents must spend 14 days in quarantine upon return.


Chemo At Home delivering in-home treatments to Aussie patients who need it most

ZDNet

Undergoing chemotherapy is not only a difficult process for patients but also their family members. That's what Julie Adams faced first-hand when her father was affected by emphysema and required to undergo continual treatments. It was this difficult time that made Adams realise there needed to be another way for patients with compromised immune systems and mobility issues to receive treatment. This was when Adams, together with Lorna Cook, co-founded Chemo At Home. The pair left their roles in the healthcare sector to start the Western Australia-based business which is aimed at helping individuals receive treatments, including chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and infusions, as well as medications for patients with other chronic diseases, from their home by trained nurses and allied health professionals.