15 October 2020
�Australia reported to be giving priority to reopening air services to three regional countries
Quoting an article published in the Associated Press yesterday, 14 October 2020
�CANBERRA, Australia � Australia�s prime minister said on Thursday his government was giving priority to reopening air services to Japan, Singapore and South Korea.
�Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he had discussed reopening air routes with the leaders of all three countries.
�He described Japan and South Korea as �two countries that have done particularly well� in dealing with the pandemic.
�There are a number of countries we�re looking at to see what we can do probably next year. We�re not going to rush into this,� Morrison said.
�The three Asian countries �are my current priorities in how we would pursue that,� he added.
�Australia will allow travelers from neighboring New Zealand to arrive without hotel quarantine from Friday. New Zealand has eradicated community transmission of COVID-19.
�But New Zealand will continue to insist travellers from Australia quarantine for two weeks on arrival.
�Australia reported only 12 new cases of community transmission of the virus on Thursday. Australia�s most populous states, New South Wales and Victoria, reported six each.�
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