Australia seeks exemption from UK quarantine as COVID-19 cases slow

Australia, after bringing its coronavirus outbreak largely underneath management, mentioned on Friday it’s in search of an exemption from a requirement that travellers arriving within the UK quarantine for 14 days to stop the unfold of COVID-19.

The British authorities is planning a 14-day quarantine for most individuals arriving within the nation within the coming weeks to attempt to stop a second peak of the pandemic, with particulars to be finalised subsequent month.

Heathrow Airport has proposed Britain ought to arrange “journey bubbles” with low-risk international locations exempt from the requirement.

“Australia has led the world within the profitable containment of COVID-19, which clearly implies that travellers coming from Australia would pose a low danger to the remainder of the world,” Commerce Minister Simon Birmingham mentioned in a press release.

Birmingham mentioned Australia has no plans to open its borders to non-citizens, whereas all returning locals will nonetheless need to quarantine for 2 weeks upon arrival.

Australia has recorded simply over 7,000 instances, whereas the dying rely rose on Friday to 101 after authorities mentioned a 80-year-old lady died from COVID-19. The unnamed lady contracted the virus in a Sydney hospital.

With fewer than 20 new coronavirus instances every day, Australia has dedicated to eradicating most social distancing restrictions by July to revive an ailing financial system.

Practically 600,000 individuals have been pressured out of labor by the coronavirus restrictions in April.

Fitch Scores on Friday downgraded its outlook on Australia’s coveted ‘AAA’ score to “unfavorable” from “steady”, citing the hit to the nation’s financial system and public funds from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The implementation of a three-step plan to take away the remaining restrictions is right down to state and territory leaders, who’ve argued over the tempo of reopening state borders and different points.

Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales (NSW) mentioned on Friday it gatherings of 20 individuals will quickly be permitted. At the moment, outside gathers are restricted to 10 individuals or much less.

NSW state Premier Gladys Berejiklian mentioned the easing of the restrictions will enhance the native financial system.

“We wish to save jobs. We can not afford to proceed to have the job losses that we’ve encountered in April,” Berejiklian instructed reporters in Sydney.