The Australian government said it will allow the return of some Chinese high school students who were blocked from entering the country due to COVID-19.
Thousands of Chinese students were prevented from heading to Australia after the summer break for the start of school when a travel ban was imposed for people travelling from China.
Australian officials said the targeted easing of the ban would allow 760 Chinese high school students, none from Hubei Province, to apply to return. The students would be considered on a case-by-case basis, and those who were successful would be subjected to a 14-day self-imposed quarantine on arrival in Australia.
The government would next week consider whether to allow the return of tertiary education students who make up almost 40 percent of the international higher education population in Australia, contributing more than 30 billion Australian dollars to the domestic economy.