Scott Morrison has announced that Australia will lift its arrival restrictions again starting next month, with several states giving their caps a healthy boost.
“Another 150 in Queensland, but we have continued to have support from South Australia, the ACT, and we have the agreement with the Northern Territory that I announced last week.
“Tasmania is ready to help – I want to be very clear – but since there is no international airport and these systems (border forces) we have to work hard to achieve what we have established. Then we certainly will to do. ”
Currently, more than 30,000 Australians are stranded overseas.
The prime minister said there are approximately 26,200 Australians reporting home on September 18, and 4,100 of them are at risk.
Since then, 1,278 endangered Australians have returned – 4,591 in total – without a Qantas flight from London, which landed in Darwin on Friday afternoon.
The Qantas flight is the first of eight charter flights offered to approximately 5000 Australians in Europe, India and South Africa.
“We are continuing to make good progress with the Australians returning home,” said Morrison.
“We want to do this as effectively, quickly and safely as possible and will continue to work with all state and territorial jurisdictions to make this possible whenever we can.”
The National Cabinet has also made another agreement in principle to reopen the nation’s borders by Christmas, with the exception of Western Australia, which continues to have reservations.
“We have basically agreed again … on reopening Australia by Christmas.
“This is the plan, he sets it up. It will be very familiar to many.
“It is important that this plan not only describes the opening up of the various activities within the economy and our community and society. An important part of this plan is that it includes the necessary measures to support a public health response. ”
Paul Kelly, chief medical officer, said Australia is “remarkably good” with just over 200 active cases across the country.
Professor Kelly said there have been no new cases of elderly care since Sept. 28, and none of the 19 patients currently in the hospital have been in intensive care.
“We are remarkably good over the past seven days,” he said. “Only 109 new cases, almost 80 percent of which were actually acquired abroad.”
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