All those returning to the Australian state of Victoria will have to test the Koran negatively before being released from quarantine, says Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews.
Victoria is the only state in Australia that tests returning travelers twice – on the third and 11th day.
From Sunday, the 11th day test will become mandatory and those who refuse to comply will have to stay in quarantine for another 10 days.
Andrews also said that some suburbs could be placed under order at home or some kind of lock, if necessary.
“I am not announcing it today, but there has been some discussion in the media today about such locks in the suburbs,” he said. “I hope it doesn’t happen.”
Background: Victoria has seen an increase in cases over the past two weeks. Last Friday, the state said it would launch a targeted test program, allowing residents in 10 suburbs to receive free tests for the next 10 days.
In total, 40,000 tests have been conducted since the program began.
Andrews said the current situation looks like a fire.
“It’s hard to do that, but doing it is something we can do.”