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Australia Asia Today: Sydney lifts quarantine for N. Zealand travelers

06:50  16 october  2020
06:50  16 october  2020 Source:   ap.org

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SYDNEY -- Australia’s largest city Sydney lifted quarantine restrictions on travelers from New Zealand on Friday while the second largest city New Zealand will continue to insist that travelers from Australia quarantine in hotels for 14 days on arrival. The Victoria state government has resisted

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SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s largest city Sydney lifted quarantine restrictions on travelers from New Zealand on Friday while the second largest city, Melbourne, marked the 100th day of one of the world’s longest pandemic lockdowns.

A passenger from New Zealand arrives at the International Airport in Sydney, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Australia's largest city Sydney lifted quarantine restrictions on travelers from New Zealand while the second largest city, Melbourne, marked the 100th day of one the world's longest pandemic lockdowns. (Dean Lewins/AAP Image via AP) © Provided by Associated Press A passenger from New Zealand arrives at the International Airport in Sydney, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Australia's largest city Sydney lifted quarantine restrictions on travelers from New Zealand while the second largest city, Melbourne, marked the 100th day of one the world's longest pandemic lockdowns. (Dean Lewins/AAP Image via AP) A passenger from New Zealand arrives at the International Airport in Sydney, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Australia's largest city Sydney lifted quarantine restrictions on travelers from New Zealand while the second largest city, Melbourne, marked the 100th day of one the world's longest pandemic lockdowns. (Dean Lewins/AAP Image via AP) © Provided by Associated Press A passenger from New Zealand arrives at the International Airport in Sydney, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Australia's largest city Sydney lifted quarantine restrictions on travelers from New Zealand while the second largest city, Melbourne, marked the 100th day of one the world's longest pandemic lockdowns. (Dean Lewins/AAP Image via AP)

More than 350 passengers are scheduled to take three flights from Auckland on Friday and will not have to undergo hotel quarantine on arrival in Sydney.

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A travel advisory is in place for those returning from travel to states that have significant community-wide spread. Traveler Health Form. A travel enforcement operation will commence at airports across the state to help ensure travelers are following the state's quarantine restrictions.

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New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said: “This is great news for tourism. It’s also great news for family reunification and grateful businesses.”

New Zealand will continue to insist that travelers from Australia quarantine in hotels for 14 days on arrival.

The Victoria state government has resisted pressure from businesses and the federal government to relax a second lockdown that began when stay-at-home orders took effect in Melbourne on July 9.

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Andrew Cuomo said travelers coming from states with a high infection rate will be subject to the quarantine . Travelers arriving in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut from regions with spiking Covid-19 infections rates will be subject to a 14-day quarantine , New York Gov.

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Victoria recorded only two new COVID-19 cases in the latest 24-hour period. The state last recorded such a low number on June 8, with daily tallies peaking at 725 on Aug. 5.

Victoria Premier Dan Andrews said he will announce on Sunday conservative plans to relax Melbourne’s lockdown.

“The decisions on Sunday will be conservative because this is a wildly infectious virus,” Andrews told reporters. “These are some of the most difficult decisions that I’ve made in 20 years in public life.”

New South Wales on Friday reported five new cases in Sydney, including four who were infected overseas and detected in hotel quarantine.

A health worker takes a nasal swab sample at a testing camp for COVID-19 for policemen in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The southern state of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital, is the worst-hit in India, with nearly 37% of the country’s 110,000 COVID-19 fatalities. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade) © Provided by Associated Press A health worker takes a nasal swab sample at a testing camp for COVID-19 for policemen in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. The southern state of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital, is the worst-hit in India, with nearly 37% of the country’s 110,000 COVID-19 fatalities. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

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An Indian flower vendor wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus waits for customers on a street in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.) © Provided by Associated Press An Indian flower vendor wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus waits for customers on a street in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

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WHO: The USA and Europe are still not implementing quarantine properly - will it stay that way, could we be heading for a Covid-19 catastrophe in winter .
Are we heading for a new Covid-19 wave? The increasing numbers of new infections in many parts of Europe and North America support this fear. The number of confirmed cases is increasing particularly in the USA, Great Britain, Italy and Belgium - but the increase is not limited to these locations.

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