Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced caps on weekly overseas arrivals in Australia will be halved in certain states until February 15 in a bid to stop the spread of the United Kingdom coronavirus variant. New South Wales will see only 1505 people allowed to enter on a weekly basis, with Western Australia to see 512 and Queensland to receive 500. Mr Morrison confirmed Victoria’s cap would not be changed because they are currently operating at less than 50 per cent of their capacity. South Australia’s cap will also remain unchanged. The prime minister confirmed all travellers to Australia must return a negative coronavirus test before boarding their flight, however, exemptions would be made in extenuating circumstances – such as for agriculture workers from the Pacific region.
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