Australia's tough border closure with India is preventing a third wave of ...

Australia's tough border closure with India is working to prevent a third wave of Covid-19 and will stay in place until May 15, Scott Morrison says India is suffering a wave of coronavirus with 355,832 fresh cases on Monday  Australia last week banned direct commercial flights to stop spread of virus  Opponents have called the move 'horrific and racist' but many support ban Scott Morrison has said the ban is working well and will be in place until May 15 

By Charlie Moore, Political Reporter For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 04:58 BST, 5 May 2021 | Updated: 04:58 BST, 5 May 2021

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Australia's tough border closure with India is working to reduce the number of positive coronavirus cases in Australia, Scott Morrison said today.

Direct commercial flights from India were banned last week as the nation of 1.4 billion battles a surge in illnesses and death, with 357,229 fresh cases on Tuesday.

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Chartered rescue flights were suspended until May 15 after the Howard Springs quarantine facility near Darwin suffered an explosion of cases among returned travellers from India. 

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday in Townsville, Mr Morrison said the travel ban was working to keep Australians safe

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday in Townsville, Mr Morrison said the travel ban was working to keep Australians safe

After the ban was implemented on April 27, there have been only two new cases in the facility and none since April 30. 

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday in Townsville, Mr Morrison said the travel ban was working to keep Australians safe.  

'The pause will be in place until May 15, as we said, and that pause is already working,' he said.

'This is enabling us to get on the right foot to restore repatriation flights and we are making good progress to that. 

'We are starting to see, as a result of the pause, the results of cases at Howard Spring is coming down - we have more of a

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