South Australia tests backpackers and seasonal workers for Covid-19

by | Jun 4, 2020 | New | 0 comments

Australia has been doing really well in preventing the spread of the corona virus throughout the country. Many states have been Corona free for a while now. Measures like border screening and virus testing have been very successful so far. However, the covid-19 tests have only been available for a selected group of people at risk. This group will now be extended with seasonal workers, including backpackers.

Seasonal workers and backpackers have been a target in certain communities in fairs that they are spreading the corona virus. There have been reports of backpackers that were terrorized and attacked by local people.

Foreigners have been verbally abused and tolled to go home. Some backpackers were attacked by locals with rocks.

Luckily, the majority of regional Australian communities have been helpfull and responsible in their approach towards seasonal workers. In most cases, new arrivals have been quarantined for 14 days in hostels, campings and caravan parks. Many residents in regional towns try to help backpackers with food and gifts as well.

To take away any uncertainty towards backpackers spreading the virus, the Southern Australian Gouvernment started testing all backpackers and seasonal workers.

Questions arise if this is discrimination and if it is needed at all? Many workers have been isolated in local towns for months already. How big is the chance that these are still carrying the virus? At the same time it’s probably a desirable thing to maintain a higher level of screening for groups of people who come and go and live together in shared accomodations.

For more information about covid-19 in australia, check out healthdirect.gov.au and use the Covid-19 restriction checker to find out what you can and can’t do in different Australian states.

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