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Australia‘s triumph in reining in Covid-19 while infections spiral up in many parts of the world is making the country a “victim of our own success,” as Australians overseas want to come home, a cabinet minister said on Sunday.

Australia closed its borders in March to all but citizens and residents, and the government has kept entries capped and put those allowed into the country in a two-week mandatory quarantine.

Over the weekend, Australia saw its first week of no locally acquired infections and no related deaths since the start of the pandemic. 

“With what’s happening with Covid-19 in other parts of the world, we’re almost becoming a victim of our own success here in Australia, with more people wanting to come back,” Education Minister Dan Tehan told Sky News television on Sunday.

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