Cricket legend Shane Warne has targeted the “inhuman” quarantine restrictions in his home state of Victoria after announcing his plans to return to Australia.
The Spin King took to Twitter to ask his followers if he should be subject to a 14-day hotel quarantine in Victoria ahead of the Australian cricket summer.
Warne, who tested positive for COVID-19 in February, returns home after a long period in London and coaches London Spirit in England’s new limited overs competition The Hundred.
“Can I do home quarantine in Victoria now that I’m double vaccinated, or is it still the inhuman 14 day hotel quarantine in a tiny little room that all returning residents have had to do?” Warne wrote.
It soon became clear that the 52-year-old would be forced to undergo hotel quarantine at his own expense, as the Victoria government had not yet revealed any plans to try home quarantine like New South Wales.
That may change later in the year with Victoria’s international quarantine arrangements to be rewritten when the state reaches the 80 percent double vaccination target.
Decline in numbers
Victoria recorded a slight decline in the number of new coronavirus cases on Sunday after a record number of 1965 cases were recorded on Saturday.
The Ministry of Health announced a further 1890 cases and five deaths on Sunday.
There are currently 18,342 active cases in the state.
Asked on Saturday if the state would reach 3,000 cases a day by the end of October, Health Department Deputy Secretary Kate Matson said “at this point we are on the right track in terms of hospitalizations and case numbers”.
She said the Burnet Institute was working on new modeling given the high case numbers that would be released later in the week.
There are currently 578 Victorians in the hospital with COVID-19, of which 117 are on the ICU and 83 on ventilators.
Matson said thousands of secondary close contacts would be released from quarantine over the weekend as health teams struggled to cope with escalating viral infections.
She said secondary contacts would no longer be “actively managed” by public health teams, and 16,000 people across the state would receive a text message releasing them from quarantine.
On Saturday, three people were arrested and dozens fined after a small number of protesters held anti-vaccination rallies in Melbourne.
Protests were organized by anti-lockdown and anti-vaccination groups in parts of the Victorian capital, including Campbellfield Plaza and Glen Waverley.
Police said three people were arrested “for various offenses” and 27 fines were issued for people who violated public health guidelines.
Eighty-five percent of Victorians over the age of 16 have now received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, of which 57 percent are fully vaccinated.
– With AAP