World News – US – Territories could come to the aid of travelers


One of the factors slowing the return of Australians from overseas has been fears that the hotel’s quarantine system will be overloaded, causing further epidemics

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday it was possible the Howard Springs facility near Darwin could be used to quarantine returning Australians

M Morrison said he would discuss the issue with NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner on Friday in Sydney

« Marise Payne, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, is leading a team that has ensured that we return Australians from overseas, and where this facility might be needed to achieve it, it will be, » a- he told the press in Brisbane

ACT is set to roll out plan to accommodate a plane laden with Australians eager to return home every fortnight

The nation’s capital is currently handling around 350 people in quarantine, including foreign diplomats and people exiting Victoria

« Once the NSW-Victoria border opens and the risk around Victoria decreases, we would expect those (quarantine) numbers to decrease, which would give us the ability to accept charter flights for bring the Australians back (in November or December), « ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr told AAP on Monday

« We could take a plane every fortnight to go through a dedicated quarantine hotel »

The ACT government also aims to work with universities to start bringing international students back to Canberra from January, lifting a pause in a plan announced earlier in the year

This would involve students from the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and the UNSW Canberra Campus boarding charter flights

Meanwhile, M Morrison spoke of the potential for Australians to spend their vacations in Europe or the United States soon

Instead, it focuses on reopening travel links with countries that have successfully suppressed the spread of the coronavirus

New Zealanders will be allowed entry into the Northern Territory and New South Wales from the end of this week and it is hoped that Australians will soon be able to cross the Tasman

M Morrison also spoke to leaders from the Pacific and Asia – including South Korea, Singapore and Japan – about resuming travel links

« We had good discussions with them, but I think it’s a bit further, » he told Seven Network

« Just look at what’s going on in Europe right now, where they are going through a horrific new wave of COVID-19, and of course we have to be extremely careful about it »

The 14-day moving average increased slightly in the Melbourne metropolis but is stable in the Victoria area

NSW has recorded one new case of locally transmitted coronavirus and five other infections among foreign travelers returning from hotel quarantine

Queensland marked another day without a new infection and there are now only four active cases in the state

However, health officials are urging Townsville residents to get tested after traces of the virus are found in local sewers

Australia, Queensland, Scott Morrison, New South Wales

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