While the COVID-19 has refused to seize itself at the global level with over 82 lakh cases nations are planning for long-term. Australia is one such nation that is planning to keep international traffic at bay till 2021. The nation is very likely to keep its international borders closed till the next year to avoid a spike in COVID-19 spread.
• Australia unlikely to reopen border to international travelers until next year but will look to relax entry rules for students and other long-term visitors https://t.co/tuhTIjzHyO— ABS-CBN News (@ABSCBNNews) June 17, 2020
However, the country would relax entry rules for students and other long-term visitors said Trade Minister Simon Birmingham. Though the severity of the cases and pandemic is not like other nations when we talk about Australia it is taking strict precautionary measures. The number of cases that the country has reported so far is 7,370 with 102 fatalities.
There would be a quarantine rule for returning citizens like international students and other visitors who plan to stay for a long. “We can simply work through the 14-day quarantine periods that have worked so well in terms of returning Australians to this country safely”, said minister Simon.
The news comes at a time when Australia recorded its biggest daily rise in new infections in more than a month on Wednesday. The majority of these cases have come from the 2nd most populous state of Victoria. Australia’s neighbor New Zealand who declared itself COVID-19 free is also back amongst cases.