April 20, 2021

Australia coronavirus news live: NSW Health scrambles to stem western Sydney spread

NSW contact tracers are racing to contain coronavirus spread after three cases were recorded in...

NSW contact tracers are racing to contain coronavirus spread after three cases were recorded in western Sydney; Victoria’s border with NSW shuts with thousands rushing to make Friday night deadline – follow latest updates

9.26pm GMT

While hundreds of thousands of Australians overseas returned in 2020 due to the pandemic, and many are still struggling to return, Kate Guest has written about the expatriates who have decided to stay put. She writes:

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, the foreign affairs department estimated there were about one million Australians living overseas at any given time.

This year, between March and October about 398,000 Australians forked out thousands of dollars and navigated strict border controls to return home, many for good. At least another 36,000 wanted to return, but were unable to do so.

Related: ‘A spoilt brat country’: the Australians overseas who decided not to come home

9.24pm GMT

Good morning everyone,

I hope the new year is treating you well so far. I’ll be taking you through our daily coronavirus coverage into this afternoon.

Related: Travellers endure long queues to return to Victoria before border with NSW shuts

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