Flight caps for returned travellers will grow from next week to help get abroad Australians home, the prime minister affirmed today.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says National Cabinet assembled this morning and discovered the country’s hotel quarantine system would remain despite recent coronavirus transmission in the facilities.
He said, “National Cabinet was also admitted that from February 15, the caps would return to the earlier levels for New South Wales and Queensland.”
Mr Morrison said, Western Australia will remain at reduced capacity, and it will increase later. The number of passengers permitted to fly into Western Australia, NSW, and Queensland was halved by many people at the beginning of January because of the new strain of coronavirus from the United Kingdom.
Queensland will return to a cap of 1,000 people, and NSW will return to a weekly cap of 3,010 people. Victoria raised its cap by approximately 200 to 1,310, taking the weekly cap to 6,362, and South Australia has grown 40 people a week to 530.
The Government’s repatriation flights to the Howard Springs centre in the Canberra, Hobart, and Northern Territory do not count under the caps.
Mr Morrison said, “we are thinking of developing Howard Springs’ capacity.”
He said, “already increasing it to 850, and possibly well ahead of that, which would require a more than doubling of that capacity at Howard Springs.”
He said taking Australians home remained the preference for Australian National Cabinet.
State Now February 15 2021
- WA 512 512
- VIC 1,120 1,310
- NSW 1,505 3,010
- SA 490 530
- Qld 500 1,000
The Prime Minister said, National cabinet also spoke about making another quarantine centre in Toowoomba in Queensland.
He said, “we are trying to seek more information on the quarantine centre proposal.”
Prime Minister Morrison said, “there is much more data we are going to require before we can go to an estimate of how we go ahead on that.”
He said the costs, size of the workforce required, and its impact on local health facilities were all being considered.