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Prime Minister Scott Morrison in urgent Covid scare after attending Jenny Morrison’s god-daughter’s graduation ball with 1,000 people

Kincoppal-Rose Bay’s graduation ceremony on Friday was an exposure location
Prime Minister will receive another test on day six of his Covid-19 exposure 
Border opens to visa holders almost two years after closure due to pandemic

By Andrew Brown For Australian Associated Press and Padraig Collins For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 21:15 GMT, 14 December 2021 | Updated: 21:37 GMT, 14 December 2021

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is at the centre of a Covid scare after attending a packed private school graduation ball for his wife Jenny’s god-daughter.  

Mr Morrison has returned two negative Covid-19 tests after he was deemed to be a casual contact at a school event by NSW Health.
He was notified late on Tuesday the Kincoppal-Rose Bay’s graduation ceremony he was at on the previous Friday evening was an exposure location but has since been told he does not need to isolate.

Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny (both pictured) were casual contacts of someone with Covid at a school graduation ceremony

It is understood that NSW Health and the chief medical officer advice Mr Morrison that a function at Kirribilli House with the South Korean president could go ahead on Tuesday night.

The PM will receive another test on day six of his exposure in line with NSW Health guidelines with his planned trip to Queensland on Wednesday going ahead.
The news comes as Australia opens to visa holders almost two years after the nation’s international borders closed due to the pandemic.
From Wednesday skilled workers and international students are allowed to come into Australia without needing a travel exemption.
It follows the federal government’s two-week pause on visa holders being able to return over concern about the arrival of the Omicron variant of Covid.

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Despite Omicron leading to spikes in case numbers in several states, the pause will end on schedule.
The resumption means a travel bubble with Japan and South Korea can also begin.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (pictured centre, left) and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) take a walk at Mr Morrison’s official residence in Sydney on December 14

The government estimates about 235,000 visa holders would be eligible to enter the country, including an estimated 133,000 international students.

Universities Australia chief executive Catriona Jackson said she was delighted international students could at last return.
‘We have missed their presence dearly and couldn’t be more delighted to welcome them back from today,’ Ms Jackson said.
‘We recognise the very real effects Covid-19 has had on their wellbeing, and the resilience they have shown amidst extreme uncertainty.’
Wednesday also marks the reopening of Tasmania’s border, with fully vaccinated travellers able to enter the state.

People entering Tasmania from certain high-risk areas must return a negative Covid test in the 72 hours before they arrive. Unvaccinated people will still need to apply for a travel exemption to enter.
Virus restrictions have also relaxed in NSW, with the unvaccinated now able to enter retail and hospitality venues.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was on song with Boys In The Band at a school graduation in Sydney, but also had a Covid scare from the event

The ban on unvaccinated people was set to end on December 15 or when NSW hit a 95 per cent fully vaccinated rate, whichever came first.

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NSW’s vaccination rate currently sits at 93.2 per cent.
There have been fears the decision to open up to the unvaccinated will lead to an even bigger spike in Covid-19 cases in the state, after NSW saw a large rise in infections due to Omicron.
There were 804 new cases in NSW on Tuesday, the highest number since the end of the Covid lockdown, with 21 being linked to the Omicron variant.
NSW announced on Tuesday night that fully vaccinated arrivals from eight southern African countries would no longer have to enter 14 days of hotel quarantine, bringing all international arrivals under the same requirements.

NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said all fully vaccinated international arrivals must still self-isolate for 72 hours.

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