Australia will not yet open its borders to international travelers due to fears of corona variants.
Australia will extend a nearly year-long closure of the country’s international borders by at least three months until mid-June.
It informs the country’s Minister of Health, Greg Hunt, on Tuesday.
Thus, the country continues its self-imposed isolation from the rest of the world a little longer to keep the corona pandemic at bay.
The minister says health authorities have alerted the government that “the covid-19 situation abroad continues to pose an unacceptable risk to Australia’s public health”.
– Especially due to the emergence of more contagious virus variants, says Greg Hunt.
He refers, among other things, to the more contagious corona variants first discovered in Great Britain, South Africa and Brazil.
None of the variants have really taken hold in Australia yet due to the country’s strict border controls. This is how the government wants it to remain.
Greg Hunt states that the closure of Australia’s international borders will in principle last until 17 June.
/ ritzau / AFP