Western Australia cranks up Covid curbs after three new cases

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Western Australia cranks up Covid curbs after three new cases

The federal government instituted the measures because of strain on its hotel quarantine system

Lidia Kelly

Western Australia’s international arrivals cap for the next month will be halved, officials said on Sunday, as the state is battling a coronavirus outbreak that forced more than two million people into a three-day lockdown from Saturday.

It was ordered after a traveller likely became infected while in quarantine in a hotel and unknowingly passed it on to two other people.

Australia closed its borders more than a year ago and allows mostly only its citizens and permanent residents to return. All, except from New Zealand, must undergo two weeks of mandatory hotel quarantine at their own expense...

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