Australia raises international arrival cap

Caps on overseas arrivals to Australia will be returned to higher levels later in the month, paving the way for more citizens and permanent residents to come home.

National cabinet has agreed to lift the limits on February 15, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Friday.

The numbers were temporarily halved after new strains of coronavirus emerged in the UK and South Africa.

NSW will return to a cap of about 3000 people a week, while Queensland is reverting to 1000.

Victoria will increase its weekly hotel quarantine capacity to 1310 and SA has agreed to take 530 people a week.

The federal government is also investigating doubling capacity of the Howard Springs quarantine facility in the Northern Territory from its current level of 850.

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