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Australia scrambles to block virus variant; travellers must show negative test By Reuters

Australia scrambles to block virus variant; travellers must show negative test By Reuters
Australia scrambles to block virus variant; travellers must show negative test

The more than 2 million residents of Brisbane, Australia's third-largest city, will be barred from leaving their homes for anything but essential business for three days from Friday evening after a worker at a quarantine hotel tested positive for the new variant, which was first detected in Britain.Australia has also found a variant that emerged in South Africa in hotel quarantine.Since March, the border has been shut to all non-citizens and permanent residents and the number of people allowed back each week has been capped at just over 6,000 people, with everyone going into mandatory hotel quarantine at their expense.Morrison justified the Brisbane lockdown, given the danger that the new variant could quickly become the dominant strain of the virus.

More than 35,000 Australians have registered their intention to return but Morrison said the number allowed back would be reduced by nearly half until mid-February, given the danger of the new variant.40 minutes ago (Jan 08, 2021 02:05AM ET) CANBERRA (Reuters) -Travellers to Australia will have to show a negative COVID-19 test before they can get on their plane, the prime minister said on Friday, as the city of Brisbane went into lockdown after the discovery of a case of a virulent new coronavirus variant.

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