“I encourage everyone travelling overseas to be mindful of the continuing risk of COVID-19 and to take personal precautions to stop the spread and stay safe,” he said.
There were 9,176 new COVID-19 cases and 74 deaths reported around Australia on Thursday, with 2,388 people in hospital with the virus including 64 in ICU and 17 on a ventilator.
“The move is supported by chief health officers and will ensure high quality, accurate information is provided that sheds more light on COVID dynamics,” he said in a statement.
The decision follows the latest National Cabinet meeting between Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and state and territory leaders.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Source: AAP / Dan Himbrechts
The reduction in will take effect from Friday.
“What we want to do is to make sure that government responds to the changed circumstances, that COVID likely is going to be around for a considerable period of time, and we need to respond appropriately to it.”