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Australia is in no rush to open borders
(CNN) – Australia is “in no rush” to open its international borders and risk the success the country has enjoyed with the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday.

As one of the countries to have performed better in the pandemic, with less than 30,000 reported cases and 910 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University, Australia’s borders are still closed.

Rapid border closures and restrictions following sporadic regional increases in cases have so far lowered the numbers.

“Australia is in no rush to open these borders, I assure you,” Morrison said in a televised briefing, according to Reuters.

“I will not endanger the way we live in this country which is so different from the rest of the world today.”

However, it is hoped that visitors can be allowed in by the end of 2021. On Friday, Morrison suggested the priority would be to allow vaccinated Australians in and out of the country.

But he said even a partial opening of the border was still a long way off and would not be considered until vulnerable people were vaccinated. The easing of restrictions could see 1,000 cases per week, he added.

Australia’s borders are closed, with returning citizens and permanent residents, their immediate families, and travelers with exemptions the only people allowed to enter the country.

Starting April 19, a full travel bubble with New Zealand will begin, with the entire country classified as a green zone. This is not indefinite, however – regional outbreaks could see the bubble shrink.

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