Scott Morrison insists the pause on flights out of India is essential

Scott Morrison insists the pause on flights out of India is essential but normal service to Australia will resume soon Prime minister continues to cop flak over decision to ban flights from India The decision, which stands until May 15, will be revised in the coming days India's official count of coronavirus cases surpassed 20million on Tuesday

By Australian Associated Press

Published: 21:33 BST, 4 May 2021 | Updated: 21:33 BST, 4 May 2021

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Scott Morrison says the government is committed to bringing more Australians home from overseas, but can't risk a third wave of Covid-19.

As the prime minister continues to cop flak over the decision to ban flights back from India until May 15, he is warming to the idea of a quarantine centre in Victoria and talking up the expansion of the Northern Territory's Howard Springs to a 2000-bed capacity.

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However, a proposal for a quarantine facility in the southern Queensland city of Toowoomba appears doomed.

Cabinet minister David Littleproud said the Wellcamp facility - aimed at hosting up to 1000 travellers and 300 staff - would expose western Queensland to Covid risk.

Scott Morrison says the government is committed to bringing more Australians home from overseas, but can't risk a third wave of Covid-19

Scott Morrison says the government is committed to bringing more Australians home from overseas, but can't risk a third wave of Covid-19

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