Live: International arrivals cap and borders on National Cabinet agenda today

National Cabinet will discuss the extra burden on state and territory hotel quarantine systems after the Prime Minister announced the weekly cap of people allowed into Australia would increase by 2,000.

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By Sophie Meixner

Casey municipality outbreak in Victoria

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Health authorities are urging people in Melbourne’s outer south-west to get tested, after a spike in cases.

Victoria recorded its lowest daily increase in almost three months yesterday, with just 28 new coronavirus infections.

However five of those cases were linked to the municipality of Casey, where there’s a growing group of infections found mainly in the suburbs of Hallam and Narre Warren.

The cluster has now grown to 34 cases, and health authorities will again be looking to ramp up testing with three new pop-up clinics in Casey.

Despite the emerging cluster, Victoria’s overall active cases have dropped by 50 to just 941. Melbourne’s 14-day rolling average now sits at 44.4.

By Sophie Meixner

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National Cabinet to discuss partially lifting arrivals cap

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The Prime Minister’s move will be discussed by state and territory leaders today in National Cabinet, but he has already said they will effectively be forced into accepting the new arrivals into their quarantine systems.

WA’s Premier Mark McGowan goes into today’s discussions saying he’s unhappy with the way the issue was handled by the Prime Minister.

Mr McGowan says he first heard about the demand for WA to take in an additional 500 arrivals a week through the media.

He says it will put too much pressure on the state’s hotel quarantine system which is already at capacity.

“We should have worked out cooperative arrangements jointly,” he said.

“It’s actually the Commonwealth’s responsibility, they seem to be ignoring the law.”

Mr McGowan says the state can’t manage the request without a lot more help from the Federal Government. 

By Sophie Meixner

Happy Friday and National Cabinet day

Hi there, I’m Sophie and I’ll be your coronavirus blogger for today. I sense today’s National Cabinet could be a busy one so my colleagues Jessica Riga and Nicholas McElroy will be joining me a bit later.

In the meantime, I hope you’re having a lovely start to the day, wherever you are across Australia.