It’s about to become more difficult for Australians overseas to return home, after today’s National Cabinet meeting.
State and territory leaders, along with the Prime Minister have now decided to halve the amount of international flights currently returning to the country.
It’s in an effort to redirect resources to the current situation in Victoria, which the Prime Minister has described as ‘extremely concerning’.
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Some states – including Queensland – have also begun charging returning Australians for their own hotel quarantine when they come back into the country.
Individuals will have to pay around $2,800 for a two week stay in Queensland. Prime Minister Scott Morrison says all other states and territories will now follow suit.
While incoming return Aussies will now be capped to a certain amount, which the Prime Minister says will be reviewed once Melbourne is able to take in international flights again.
The National Cabinet has also decided to conduct a nationwide review of hotel quarantine.
The Prime Minister says it will be carried out by the former Health Secretary Jay Holton, who is currently on the COVID commission.