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Singapore-Australia quarantine-free travel corridor may take months to open
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Singapore-Australia quarantine-free travel corridor may take months to open

[ad_1] Australia and Singapore are “putting systems in place that will enable such a bubble to emerge between Singapore and Australia as it does now occur between Australia and New Zealand,” Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at a joint virtual press conference after meeting Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday. He cautioned that any corridor is still some time away.Such a bubble hinges on vaccination rates, Lee told reporters. “Once the majority of the population is vaccinated, it becomes much easier for us to contemplate these openings up,” he said.That means an operational air-travel corridor could be months away, at least. Only about 5.5 million out of 26 million Australians have had at least one jab, meaning some border restrictions are likely to remain we...
Australia’s 5 million in Melbourne exit two-week coronavirus lockdown
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Australia’s 5 million in Melbourne exit two-week coronavirus lockdown

[ad_1] Five million Melbourne residents will exit lockdown Thursday after Australian authorities said their adherence to strict rules had "changed the course" of a coronavirus outbreak in the city.After two weeks under stay-at-home orders, the toughest restrictions in Australia's second-biggest city will be lifted from 11:59 pm Thursday, after just one new virus case was recorded on Tuesday."This is a good day. Everyone should be absolutely proud of what we have all achieved together," Victoria state acting Premier James Merlino said Wednesday.He said collective efforts had steamed the outbreak in the city, which has seen more than 80 people test positive for either the Kappa or Delta strains that originated in India."But we know this isn't over yet, and until we have widespread vaccina...
Melbourne extends Covid-19 lockdown for a week as coronavirus cluster grows
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Melbourne extends Covid-19 lockdown for a week as coronavirus cluster grows

[ad_1] Melbourne has been the epicenter of Australia’s battle to eliminate Covid-19 and is now in its fourth lockdown since the coronavirus pandemic began. The current cluster originated from a breach in a hotel that was being used to quarantine Australians returning from overseas. Bloomberg | UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2021 09:35 AM IST Melbourne’s lockdown will be extended beyond the initial seven days as authorities struggle to contain a Covid-19 cluster that’s grown to 60.The current restrictions will remain in place in Melbourne for a further seven days, Victoria state acting Premier James Merlino told reporters in Melbourne on Wednesday. The lockdown in the city and the rest of the state started on Friday. Restrictions in regional areas are proposed to begin easing from 11:59pm ...