ScoMo Gave An Update On Overseas Travel & There’s Good News & Bad News
Let's start with the bad news: ScoMo has said it’s not looking like Aussies will be able to travel overseas anytime soon, despite the Treasury assuming international travel will resume January 1, 2021.
On Thursday’s A Current Affair, the PM said that while we still don’t have a vaccine for coronavirus, he doesn’t have a plan in place for overseas travel. “It will be very challenging,” he said. “Right now the opportunity for large-scale travel beyond our borders is not foreseeable.” Bummer.
The good news? ScoMo did say he was hopeful that the New Zealand-Australia travel bubble would be launched by the end of the year and that he had started talks with other governments to get some other similar travel bubbles going.
“Prime Minister Ardern and I were only talking about it last week and she remains as committed to that as I do,” he said. “We are progressing that … and there are many Pacific nations equally that want to be able to be part of that. Discussions that I had with the Japanese PM Shinzō Abe … they are keen to see safe travel [between nations] so we will adjust and we can adjust.”
Here are just some of the millions of face masks being made in Victoria.
We've placed an order for over two million reusable masks, and another three million single use masks too.
These masks are helping create jobs, keep businesses running, and support local manufacturing. pic.twitter.com/SravHpNPbx
— Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) July 24, 2020
Currently, Aussies are not allowed to leave the country under the travel ban put in place by the Department of Home Affairs. Only Aussie citizens, residents and immediate family members are allowed to cross our borders, and even they must now fund their own 14-day mandatory quarantine.
Also in the ACA interview, ScoMo said that despite Victoria’s re-instated lockdown and rising death count, the country as a whole is still doing “very well”. “Victoria is obviously a different situation and we feel for everybody in Victoria,” he said. “We’ve done it once. Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we can do it again.”
Today Victoria is reporting a lot of new cases, out of relatively few test results.
Which means 3% of yesterdays tests came back positive. pic.twitter.com/pYQnQkspXU
— casey briggs (@CaseyBriggs) July 27, 2020
He added though: “Australia doesn’t win if Victoria doesn’t win.” Victoria just recorded 532 new coronavirus cases, the highest daily total in the state since the pandemic began. Things aren't looking good.
If your head is a little scrambled, make sure you pop over to WHO.int to get all of your official COVID-19 updates.
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