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Australians May Have Option to Home Quarantine by Christmas: Expert

Former health chief Jane Halton is optimistic that Australia will have a home quarantine system in place by Christmas when international borders open, which would save returning Australians a significant amount of expenses. Halton, who is also leading the second review into Australia’s quarantine system, said once the 80 percent COVID-19 vaccination threshold is hit, home quarantine arrangements would be feasible. “I’m hoping that we can have systems up and running, certainly in test arrangements, well before Christmas,” she told ABC radio. “I do think it’s important to keep in perspective that [it] won’t be an option for everybody, but for many people, the possibility of quarantining at home will be real, and I think is something that we’ll be looking to make pretty widely available,” she added. South Australia (SA) is currently conducting a pilot home quarantine program that involves using a new app where participants are contacted at …

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