7 News has reported that a Federal MP is calling for a coronavirus ‘quarantine hub’ to be created in Far North Queensland.
The goal is to help stranded Australians get back home in time for Christmas.
Politician Warren Entsch said Cairns, where many hotels were empty because of the pandemic, was well positioned to house returning travellers.
More than 23,000 Australian citizens remain stuck overseas after the federal government capped international arrival numbers at 4,000 per week in July.
Having Australians fly into Cairns to serve their 14-day of mandatory isolation would solve that problem and help the region’s struggling economy, says Entsch.
“We’ve got about 6,500 hotel rooms in Cairns, we’ve got outstanding and experienced hospitality staff, we’ve got a world-class hospital with nobody in it and an international airport,” Entsch told Sunrise.
“They would get tested before they get on the plane, when they get off the plane, while they’re in quarantine and they have to test negative before they get out,” he added.
It will be interesting to see of this proposal is taken on board.
This article was originally published ion 7news.com.au