In a news conference after a cabinet meeting on June 26, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that excluding Australia’s ability to close the border until at least July 2021 due to the “uncertainty” of the epidemic situation. Covid-19, when the number of new SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, has not shown signs of deceleration in many other countries around the world.
Morrison’s comment was made after Mr. Alan Joyce – CEO of Qantas National Airlines on June 25 said that Qantas international flights could hardly be resumed before July 721. It also announced that it would cut 6,000 jobs due to the severe recession stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Prime Minister Morrison said: “No one can be sure of anything and that is the problem. We are making judgments based on the best possible advice. ”
Despite high-level discussions on the “trans-Tasman” transport corridor to allow Australians and New Zealanders to travel between the two countries without going through isolation periods, the two sides have so far. has yet to set a timeline for implementation.
Earlier this week, Health Minister Greg Hunt affirmed that Australia was an “island sanctuary” and would not reopen in the near future. Hunt emphasized that Australians are likely to be unable to travel abroad freely until the successful preparation of the Covid-19 vaccine.