Australia tensions rise over citizens stuck overseas

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    CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - MAY 01: Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference on May 01, 2020 in Canberra, Australia. The ACT became the first Australian state or territory to be free of any known COVID-19 cases on Thursday, following the recovery of the last person to contract the coronavirus in Canberra. Despite the local elimination of the virus, ACT health authorities have confirmed current restrictions on travel, gatherings and social distancing will remain in place, as will expanding testing to asymptomatic patients and those with mild symptons to ensure there are no further outbreaks. (Photo by Rohan Thomson/Getty Images)

    Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison says the number of people allowed into Australia will rise by 2,000 from next Friday, according to public broadcaster ABC.

    The states, who will have to house the arrivals in hotel quarantine have yet to give their approval.

    About 4,000 people are currently allowed into Australia each week, but at least 25,000 are stranded overseas because of the cap on arrivals. Many Australians also say they have been bumped from flights home repeatedly.

    Aljazeera

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