Thousands of Australians stuck abroad could return soon under a contract that would allow people to quarantine near Darwin.
ABC reported Thursday that up to 1,000 people would be isolated at the Howard Springs facility in the Northern Territory after returning home on commercial and charter flights.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed that the announcement was imminent prior to a national ministerial meeting with state and territory leaders on Friday.
“There is extensive preparation in this regard, and we are in the final stages of concluding these arrangements,” he told reporters in Cairns on Thursday.
More than 29,000 Australians want to return to the government but are stuck due to a coronavirus pandemic.
The prime minister said more than a quarter of the 4000 Australians believed to be vulnerable have returned home in recent weeks.
“I’ve been working for the last few months as more and more Australians, especially those in vulnerable situations, are returning home,” Morrison said.
Qantas special flights from London and India are scheduled to begin next week, but the federal government will also raise the limit on international arrivals.
Melbourne’s 14-day moving average dropped to 8.9 on Thursday, putting pressure on the Victoria State Government to lift restrictions after six new cases were detected across the state.
After months of harsh blockades, Melvernians are anxiously waiting for an announcement on Sunday about the freedom they can regain.
Morrison argued that the federal government did not direct the state what to do in responsible areas, despite a collaborative campaign by senior ministers to end the blockade of Melbourne.
“I’m not here to give advice or instructions to the premiere,” he said.
Morrison was also a harsh critic of school closures, travel restrictions, and Victoria’s blockade plans at various stages of the pandemic.
New South Wales recorded more infectious diseases than Victoria for three consecutive days, raising fears that the state was at stake.
In New South Wales on Thursday, there were 11 to 6 new local acquisition cases the day before. Five more were detected in the hotel quarantine.
The state government wants more than 20,000 people to be tested daily after the rate drops below 16,000.
Queensland recorded a new case of a traveler returning from Africa and Papua New Guinea on Thursday, and 15 of his contacts are currently in quarantine.
Thousands of left-behind Australians were able to take their tickets home under the new Darwin quarantine contract
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