Worldwide flights into Victoria stay on maintain, with the premier unable to say when they are going to resume.
They have been paused throughout final month’s five-day lockdown and Daniel Andrews stated extra analysis is required earlier than that modifications.
“We have requested our medical specialists to take a look at what the impacts of (virus) variants of concern are on the chance profile in our inns,” Mr Andrews stated on Thursday.
“When that work is accomplished, and once they can fulfill me that we are able to have a system the place we have now the bottom attainable danger, then flights will begin once more.
“The inconvenience concerned in that, I believe, pales into insignificance when you concentrate on … a really simply transmitted virus, a altering virus, altering problem, and the prospect of additional lockdowns. I need to try to keep away from that in any respect prices.”
Mr Andrews additionally confirmed the resort quarantine workforce can be retained, saying it might value much more to “begin from scratch”.
In the meantime, Australia’s maritime union says Victoria is lacking the boat on its coronavirus testing at ports.
The Maritime Union of Australia has warned that the introduction of necessary testing for some wharfies – however not sailors arriving from worldwide ports – dangers a repeat of the state’s resort quarantine catastrophe.
“Testing waterfront staff seven days after boarding a vessel, reasonably than the worldwide seafarers arriving from overseas ports, is like breathalysing the barman as an alternative of the drink driver,” stated MUA Victoria deputy department secretary David Ball.
The union stated Victoria is the primary state to introduce necessary exams for wharfies and different staff at ports of entry.
Whereas he doesn’t oppose testing port staff, Mr Ball needs nationwide testing of all worldwide seafarers as they arrive at Australian ports.
“As soon as Australian maritime staff have been contaminated with COVID, it’s already too late, with these staff probably spreading this virus to household, pals, coworkers, and the broader group,” Mr Ball stated in a union assertion.
“If testing all worldwide airline arrivals is feasible, then there isn’t a motive the identical mannequin cannot be applied for the worldwide shipping business.
The union stated container terminal operators had additionally raised issues with the state authorities, citing “important flaws” within the new testing regime.
MUA assistant nationwide secretary Adrian Evans stated the present biosecurity system at ports is “essentially flawed”, leaving dock staff to make sure infections don’t attain the group.
“There has not been a single case of vessel to shore virus transmission in any Australian port because of the strong COVID protocols applied throughout the business,” he stated.
Victorian Well being Minister Martin Foley stated seafarers needed to be examined in the event that they left their ships.
However he added in the event that they stayed aboard, it was outdoors the state’s jurisdiction.
“If you do not get off a cargo or port ship, you firstly do not fall underneath Victorian jurisdiction. Our means to compel you to do something is non existent. That is a problem for the federal authorities,” he stated.
Victoria has had its sixth-straight day and not using a new coronavirus case, with 19,133 exams within the 24 hours to Thursday morning.
There are seven energetic Victorian circumstances, one lower than Wednesday.
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