efe-epaSydney, Australia

Australia will slash the number of international arrivals by more than half from next week as it deals to the fresh COVID-19 outbreak in Melbourne, the country’s prime minister said Friday.

"We agreed today to a reduction in the number of inbound arrivals into Australia across those ports that are able to accept returning Australian citizens and residents," Scott Morrison told reporters at a press conference in Canberra following a National Cabinet meeting on Friday. EFE-EPA