Australia urges UK to exempt Australians from 14-day quarantine

WION Web Team Sydney, Australia May 22, 2020, 08.24 AM(IST)

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Since Australia has been able to bring their country to a lower rank in the number of positive cases, the officials believe that Australians pose less of a threat to the UK in terms of spreading the virus.

Australia has been one of those few countries which has been able to contain the spread of coronavirus. The number of active cases has seen a significant decline in Australia, and the Australian government is planning to let people return back to their day-to-day life soon.

Not only have the number of cases declined, but the infected people have also been able to recover.

In light of this, the Australian government has urged the British government to exempt Australians from the 14-day quarantine period while travelling to the UK.

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The UK government is planning to initiate a 14-day quarantine period for all travellers who will be travelling to the UK for the next few weeks. The British government is taking this step to contain the spread of coronavirus, and avoid the second peak in the number of positive cases.

However, since Australia has been able to bring their country to a lower rank in the number of positive cases, the officials believe that Australians pose less of a threat to the UK in terms of spreading the virus.

"Australia has led the world in the successful containment of COVID-19, which clearly means that travellers coming from Australia would pose a low risk to the rest of the world," Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said in a statement.

He also stated that Australia will not be opening their international borders to non-citizens, for now. However, all the citizens travelling back to the country will have to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.