South Australia could soon see stricter quarantine controls and increased scrutiny on exemptions being granted for those entering the state.
The news comes as debate continued following a British woman testing positive to COVID-19 after being granted an exemption to the mandatory quarantine period on compassionate grounds.
19 of the woman’s close contacts are now in isolation, as health authorities continue to conduct contact tracing.
Having travelled from London, she had spent one week of the required two-week quarantine period in a Melbourne hotel before entering SA on Jetstar flight JQ780 on Sunday morning.
The Advertiser has revealed that 22 international travellers have now been granted exemptions on compassionate grounds since mandatory quarantine rules came into effect.
While questions are being asked about what constitutes grounds for a compassionate exemption, Premier Steven Marshall called for people to have some compassion.
“I personally believe we’ve got to have a heart,” Premier Marshall said in response to suggestions that South Australia tighten its rules around exemptions.