Only 3,000 people are allowed to enter Australia every week, and arrivals must undergo a two-week mandatory hotel quarantine.
Australia announced on Friday that it will drastically reduce the number of people allowed to enter. Because it works hard to control the coronavirus clusters that put major cities into lockdown.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that since nearly half of the country’s population stays at home, the overseas entry quota will be reduced by about 50% to help prevent further outbreaks.
According to the current “zero COVID” strategy, only 6,000 people are allowed to enter Australia on overseas commercial flights each week, and those who arrive must undergo mandatory two-week hotel quarantine.
Morrison said that by mid-July, the quota will be reduced to about 3,000 people, but at the same time the government will strengthen its private repatriation flights.
When Morrison announced his decision, people became increasingly angry about repeated rapid lockdowns, leaks in hotel quarantine facilities, and what critics called the vaccine “going out.”
More than 18 months after the pandemic, less than 8% of adults are fully vaccinated.
“This is a difficult time for people to deal with restrictions,” Morrison said. “We still have a long way to go.”
Sydney, Brisbane and Perth are currently in lockdown – A total of about 10 million people – in an effort to contain the 27 new local cases that caused the outbreak on Thursday.
Although the shutdown measures in Alice Springs, Darwin and Queensland’s Gold Coast are being lifted, clusters continue to grow, especially in Sydney.
In an attempt to address the growing anger at the prospect of border restrictions entering the second year, Morrison previewed a “New Deal” that would shift the country’s strategy from suppressing the coronavirus to managing it.
The Australian National Cabinet has just decided to reduce the number of returning tourists by 50%. This surrender was a great failure of the Prime Minister.
We will discuss this step backwards at 4pm @SkyNewsAust
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) July 2, 2021
He said that the government will soon pass the vaccination target, and once it is reached, it will allow the border to gradually open and normal life will resume.
He said that the border will first be opened to vaccinated Australians and overseas travelers, and they may also reduce quarantine requirements.
Vaccination goals may be set by scientific advisers rather than politicians.
“If you get vaccinated, you will change our way of life as a country, and you will change your way of life in Australia,” Morrison said.
Before the pandemic began, about 260,000 people entered Australia every week, and citizens were free to travel abroad.