Australia Likely to Keep Borders Closed Until Next Year Due to COVID-19

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However, Birmingham said that the government is looking to relax entry rules for students and other long-term visitors or returning citizens.

“We can simply work through the 14-day quarantine periods that have worked so well in terms of returning Australians to this country safely,” he explained.

Australia first closed its borders in mid-March as the coronavirus began to spread around the globe.

Since the start of the pandemic, the nation — home to around 25 million people — has reported only 7,370 cases of the virus and 102 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins database. 

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