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I quarantined in London. My friend quarantined in Sydney. Our experiences could not have been more different

The Australian system is invasive but vastly preferable to the palpable neglect you experience on arrival in the UK

By Philippa Levine  

Photo: JOEL CARRETT/AAP/PA Images

On a pleasingly sunny morning last month I arrived bleary-eyed at the airport, off the flight from Chicago and ready to begin a two-week quarantine. At much the same time an Australian friend, her husband and two small children had arrived at Sydney Airport, also facing a fortnight of quarantine. We decided to pass the long hours comparing our experiences—which could not have been more different.

The day before flying I went online and completed a passenger locator form—where would I…

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