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Europe, US unlikely to be on Australia’s quarantine-free travel list

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Australia is in talks with several states over quarantine-free travel states, the government said on Sunday, warning that Europe and the United States will not be on that list.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was quoted as saying that the first deal would be with New Zealand.

Other states that could follow are Japan, Singapore, South Korea, and other Pacific island nations.

Australia closed its borders in March.

To date, 27,263 cases and 898 deaths have been recorded.

While the country has fared better than other nations, the state of Victoria recently saw its second wave, forcing Melbourne and its surrounding area to another lockdown. Infections have fallen dramatically since then.

New Zealand citizens can travel to New South Wales, Canberra, and the Northern Territory without quarantine. However, upon their return they must be quarantined in a hotel.

A person who is in a quarantine hotel in Auckland tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday. The four cases reported by health authorities in New Zealand on Saturday were all imported.

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