The number of passengers arriving from India could be cut even further if the world’s worst COVID-19 outbreak continues to run out of control.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday revealed arrivals from India would be slashed by a third, while travel the other way will be banned except in “very urgent circumstances”.
India recorded 314,835 cases on Thursday, the worst single-day case increase in any country since the pandemic began.
Direct flights from the country land in Sydney and the Northern Territory, and Mr Morrison said the federal government would work with the states and territory leaders to strengthen the measures if necessary.
Camera IconScott Morrison warns flights from India could be slashed even further. NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage Credit: News Corp Australia
Camera IconAustralia has cut incoming and outgoing flights over a devastating COVID-19 outbreak in India. NCA NewsWire / Sarah Matray Credit: News Corp Australia
“If the state government wants to do more than that, we will work with them to that end,” he told reporters on Friday.
“If we need to go further (in the Northern Territory), they’re the discussions I’m having directly with Chief Minister Gunner…