UPDATED 6:52 AM PT — Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Australia will keep its borders closed in an effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic. During a press briefing Tuesday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the country’s borders will not be opening “anytime soon.”
Morrison said he and neighboring country New Zealand will continue talks for a “Trans-Tasman safe travel zone.” Australia has been credited for having strong coronavirus border controls and restrictions.
“Success in this current phase will certainly not be easy and it can’t be assumed as we go through this reopening process,” said Prime Minister Morrison. “It will not be business as usual, opening up will be harder than closing down.”
Thank you Australia. Please keep encouraging your friends and family to download the COVIDSafe app. https://t.co/WeBQaQndUM
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) May 24, 2020
“We will have to, all to retrain, to live and work in a way that creates a sustainable COVID safe economy and society as you are indeed doing here today,” he continued.
Australia has reported low numbers since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with around 7,000 confirmed virus cases in the country.