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National Cabinet agrees overseas arrivals in Australia to be cut in half, Scott Morrison announces


The variety of folks arriving from overseas into Australia will be cut in half to scale back the strain on resort quarantine amenities across the nation.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the announcement following the nationwide cupboard assembly on Friday.


The transfer will be momentary and the choice was made to lower the danger of the Delta pressure of COVID.


“While the reduction of those caps will certainly, right across the system, obviously take some pressure off, as we have observed over the course of these past 18 months, that alone does not provide any fail-safe regarding any potential breaches,” Morrison stated.

During the momentary discount of the overseas arrivals cap, the Commonwealth will facilitate elevated repatriation flights for Australians.

People arriving on these flights will be put into quarantine on the Howard Springs facility close to Darwin.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the announcement on Friday.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the announcement on Friday. Credit: AAP

“Where we will lose some capacity for inbound flights of those coming back through commercial flights, the Commonwealth will directly seek to mitigate that by upping, wherever possible, those commercially facilitated flights that the Commonwealth is pursuing.

“I would note in recent days and weeks that we have seen demand for those facilitated flights run by the Commonwealth having actually dipped and so those flights we have been bringing in have not been full because there hasn’t been the demand to take those up.

“I suspect that will change now with the commercial flight restrictions, then we will see that supply being fully taken up.”

The arrival cap lower will be carried out by July 14, however Morrison flagged some states would possibly transfer to scale back their cap earlier.

A view of the Howard Springs facility.
A view of the Howard Springs facility. Credit: AAP

“But as you imagine, we want to try to minimise the disruption for people with already planned flights over the next couple of weeks,” he stated.

The cap is predicted to stay at 50 per cent till at the least the beginning of subsequent yr.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian earlier stated her coronary heart goes out to the 1000’s of Australians who’re nonetheless ready to come house.

“Just because you reduce the number of people coming in, doesn’t mean outbreaks aren’t going to happen,” she stated forward of Morrison’s announcement.

Pathway out of COVID

Morrison additionally introduced a brand new plan out of the pandemic that may be COVID being handled as “an infectious disease like any other in our community”.

The four-phase plan will see lockdowns getting used “only as a last resort”.

Australia is at the moment in the primary part, “the suppression phase”, Morrison stated.

The subsequent part will be reached “once we reach a threshold of vaccination to be determined by the modelling process we’re currently engaged in”.

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‘Just because you reduce the number of people coming in, doesn’t imply outbreaks aren’t going to occur.’

“The third phase is called the consolidation phase,” he stated.

“That is to manage COVID-19 consistent with public health management of other infectious diseases.

“That basically means that the hospitalisation and fatality rates, that you would see from COVID-19, would be like the flu.”

Morrison stated the fourth stage might be described as Australia being “back to normal”, the place measures might embody opening the border to vaccinated folks.

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