Parliamentary Amendment for individuals to meet quarantine and transport costs

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Returning citizens and residents will be meeting their own quarantine and transport costs once the Bill of the Public Health (Amendment) Act is passed by parliament, said Director of Public Health and Spokesperson on COVID-19 matters, Len Tarivonda.

This is one of the main changes expected from the amendment going before the parliament next month, he said.

People who cannot afford to pay for these costs must demonstrate their financial incapability to qualify for a waiver under the new amendment, said Director Tarivonda.

The quarantine cost for over 1,500 citizens and residents repatriated in the first repatriation phase was around Vt50 million.

The governments of Australia and New Zealand as sponsors of the seasonal work programs have assisted the government with transport cost.

Director Tarivonda said the amendment will also give extra powers to the Minister of Health to declare a public health emergency and issue mandatory measures for emerging infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

The new provision can operate independently from a State of Emergency and simultaneously, he added.

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