Coronavirus Australia live news: Victoria records three new Covid cases as contact tracers scramble to contain outbreaks in NSW

Coronavirus Australia live news: Victoria records three new Covid cases as contact tracers scramble to contain outbreaks in NSW

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9.44pm GMT

Morrison was asked whether people travelling from the UK to Australia should be tested before getting on the plane to see if they have the new strain of the virus.

He says that is already happening in most cases — the government requires it on flights it has facilitated back to Australia, and many commercial airlines do too.

If they have been tested before they come then they may be complacent when they come back because they think that they haven’t got it. We want everyone who comes back to behave as if they have got it.

9.41pm GMT

Prime minister Scott Morrison is on 3AW talking to host Tony Jones. He begins by thanking Victorians for the “tremendous spirit they displayed, especially in the second half of the year”.

Morrison says he spoke to premier Daniel Andrews last night and they discussed the NSW-Victorian border, “to see if we can get a better pathway home for Victorians as soon as possible”.

One thing I’ve always tried to do throughout this pandemic is respect the decisions that are made by states and states in turn respect the decisions that are made by the Commonwealth.

It is for state governments to make their rules about public health. I should be really clear about that. The federal government has no authority over states with regard to their public health orders.

People need to take their breaks. And I spoke to Dan last night so it’s not like he’s not focusing on Victoria and he has always been available to discuss those issues, as I was.

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