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Australia Scott Morrison says coronavirus restrictions will drag on into 2021

07:05  11 august  2020
07:05  11 august  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Scott Morrison has warned Australians that coronavirus restrictions will likely stay in place into next year.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged all states to reopen borders for travel. But Mr Morrison said the priority should now turn to the economy - which is now in recession - after the nation recorded zero community 'It's not good for the economy, particularly as we go into this next school holiday season.

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New South Wales and Victoria had agreed to largely reopen their economies, including borders, by late July.

But the killer second wave that has gripped Victoria put a pin in those plans, and subsequently led to Queensland also closing its borders indefinitely.

The prime minister said his government would tackle reopening borders 'one step at a time'.

'If circumstances change and certainly if they chance in the way we hoped they would, well, I would welcome it by Christmas, if it were possible,' he said.

Scott Morrison wearing a suit and tie: Scott Morrison said it's 'unlikely' Australia will be able to 'move back to a restriction-free society' © Provided by Daily Mail Scott Morrison said it's 'unlikely' Australia will be able to 'move back to a restriction-free society' a group of people standing around a table: The prime minister said his government would tackle reopening borders 'one step at a time' © Provided by Daily Mail The prime minister said his government would tackle reopening borders 'one step at a time'

'But I think it's unlikely that we were able to move back to a restriction-free society. But I doubt that is going to happen. I doubt the medical position will enable that.'

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Mr Morrison's dire outlook comes as the Northern Territory announced beefed up border restrictions to lockout travellers from coronavirus hotspots.

Chief Minister Michael Gunner says the ban on Victoria and Greater Sydney could be in place until the end of 2021.

'We will have hard border controls in place for at least the next 18 months,' he told the ABC on Tuesday.

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Mr Gunner said extra police and health officials are being recruited to help monitor arrivals into the NT.

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan also announced WA's borders could remain shut until mid-next year.

Mr Morrison on Monday launched a savage attack on 'amoral and hideous' suggestions elderly Australians should be sacrificed to save the economy.

He expressed his disgust at suggestions older people should have been 'offered up' to the virus in order to reduce restrictions.

'That is just a hideous thought,' he told reporters in Canberra.

'An absolutely amoral, hideous thought. One I have had no countenance with from the very first time it was suggested.'

Victoria recorded 331 new cases and 19 more deaths on Tuesday.

NSW recorded 22 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday - four are in hotel quarantine, another two are from Victoria and eight are from the Tangara School for Girls cluster in Cherrybrook.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Victoria recorded 331 new cases and 19 more deaths on Tuesday, while NSW recorded 22 new cases © Provided by Daily Mail Victoria recorded 331 new cases and 19 more deaths on Tuesday, while NSW recorded 22 new cases

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