Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.WatchDuration: 1 minute 45 seconds1m 45s National Cabinet agrees to cut international arrivals.ShareFacebookTwitterArticle share optionsShare this onFacebookTwitterLinkedInSend this byEmailMessengerCopy linkWhatsAppPrint contentPrint with images and other mediaPrint text onlyPrintCancelThe number of Australian citizens and residents allowed into the country will be slashed to ease pressure on state and territory coronavirus quarantine systems and free up resources to contain the COVID-19 outbreak in Melbourne.Key points:The number of people allowed into Australia each week will be reduced to 4,000All jurisdictions will move towards charging people the cost of mandatory quarantineIt is hoped the reduction will ease the hotel quarantine burden on states and territoriesNational Cabinet has agreed to cut the number of people coming home to Australia from approximately 7,000 to just over 4,000 each week, which amounts to a reduction of about a third, according to Prime Minister Scott Morrison.States and territories have complained of the burden of hosting returning Australian residents and citizens in hotel quarantine, with Mr Morrison flagging earlier this week that a limit would be introduced."We agreed today to a reduction in the number of inbound arrivals into Australia across those ports that are able to accept returning Australian citizens and residents," Mr Morrison said after National Cabinet met this morning.Federal Government figures show that over the month to this week 28,000 people entered Australia, most of whom were quarantined in New South Wales.Coronavirus live news: Follow all the latest information in our blog.Mr Morrison acknowledged the decision would make it more difficult for citizens to come home, but insisted it was in the national interest."There will be continuing access to Australia but the number of available positions on flights will be less, and I don't think that is surprising or unreasonable in the circumstances that we find ourselves in," he said."The decision that we took to reduce the number of returned travellers to Australia at this time was to ensure that we could put our focus on the resources needed to do testing and tracing."The changes will be in force from Monday, and Mr Morrison said Australia's international intake would be reviewed "as the weeks go by".Expats concerned by restrictionsNews that the Government planned to reduce the number of people allowed into Australia have sent a wave of concern through Australian citizens waiting out the coronavirus pandemic overseas.Speaking to the ABC before the changes were announced, New York City resident Tom Schinckel said the Government needed to recognise expatriates would not be travelling unless they needed to."Nobody's travelling for fun at the moment," he said."People who are going home at the moment are doing so because they have to." Prime Minister Scott Morrison proposed lowering Australia's international intake earlier this week.(ABC News: Benjamin Gubana)Acting Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly said the worsening coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne needed to be health authorities' top priority."Our advice was that we should be concentrating on the main game and that is community transmission in Melbourne," he said."In terms of public health elements, that needs to be the main focus."Every state and territory will also begin requiring people to cover the cost of their own mandatory quarantine.Breaches of hotel quarantine have been blamed for the current outbreak of coronavirus in Victoria, and National Cabinet today agreed on a national review of the quarantine system.The AHPPC, which advises National Cabinet on medical issues, has recommended a number of factors be examined in the review.Among the topics to be examined are infection control training, compliance with infection prevention and control by staff, management of suspected and confirmed cases, and provision of support to people in quarantine.What you need to know about coronavirus:The symptomsThe number of cases in AustraliaGlobal cases, deaths and testing rates
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