Australasia Covid19 

Number of returning travellers allowed to enter Australia could be restricted as states carry coronavirus quarantine burden

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has flagged the number of people coming into Australia could be further reduced to ease the burden on states and territories administering hotel quarantine. The number of international arrivals Australia accepts has plummeted since March, but Mr Morrison said he would take a proposal to National Cabinet to reduce that number even further. Mr Morrison did not outline how the number of international arrivals would be reduced under his proposal, but said it was more about “containing numbers” than a pause on arrivals. “The issue is…

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Australasia Covid19 

Australia coronavirus infection rate halved in past few days

Half as many Australians are catching coronavirus as a week ago with the borders, pubs, and restaurants shut, Scott Morrison claims.  The Prime Minister said the rate of virus infections was 25 to 30 per cent a day, but slowed to about 13-15 per cent in the past few days. ‘They are still strong rates of increase, there’s no doubt about that,’ he said on Sunday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said a week ago the rate of virus infections was to 25 to 30 per cent a day, but slowed to about…

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Australasia Covid19 

Four cruise ships given special permission to dock in Australia

The NSW Government has hit back against criticism of its handling of cruise ship arrivals, insisting it has a strict compliance regime, despite almost 2,700 passengers being allowed to disembark in Sydney in the face of a national coronavirus crackdown. Key points: Four cruise ships have been given special permission to dock in Australia, despite the nationwide 30-day ban, but the Federal Health Minister insists they are arriving under “strict conditions”. Greg Hunt has also confirmed Border Force Commissioner Michael Outram contacted New South Wales authorities yesterday after the handling…

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