Victoria’s Premier Dan Andrews said Victoria has 5000 rooms on standby for the new quarantine measures for returning travellers. He emphasises there will be no cost to travellers for this.

“We have about 1300, between 1300 and 2000 people arriving back in Melbourne each day. Those numbers will perhaps drop off in coming days but we have sufficient capacity and we have done the work early to be able to accommodate those people,” Mr Andrews said.

“This is gotten to a point now where if we are going to contain this and keep us let a trajectory as possible, it is a big step to take away someone’s liberty and make them go to a certain place and stay there for two weeks but this is life-and-death,” he said.

“There is too much at stake to do otherwise.”

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He added that there would be stricter “stage three” measures enforced for the state in the future, and these will be announced in detail when the time comes.