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Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy announced Australia’s new testing regime following a national cabinet meeting on Friday.

All travellers returning to Australia will be tested for coronavirus as they enter quarantine and before they’re allowed to leave, as the government beefs up measures to prevent further outbreaks.

Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy announced Australia’s new testing regime following a national cabinet meeting on Friday.

“We’re seeing imported cases in hotel quarantine from a range of different countries now,” Dr Murphy told reporters.

“We are going to start testing people on entry to quarantine and testing people before they leave quarantine to see whether a testing regime might help in the future.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday announced the national cabinet had agreed on a “two-metre rule” that would allow smaller restaurants and bars to serve more people.

“That means for much smaller premises that would have otherwise being trying to stick to a four-square-metre rule arrangement, this just gives them a bit more room for them to be taking more patrons,” he said.

The national cabinet has also agreed to work on a roadmap to help struggling entertainment venues reopen in coming months, Mr Morrison said.

Although Mr Morrison didn’t announce a firm deadline for the opening of entertainment venues, he said the roadmap would give Australia’s arts industry some much-needed certainty.

Mr Morrison also said a number of countries had expressed an interest in opening up their borders for travel with Australia.

Victoria on Friday recorded another 30 new coronavirus cases, including a healthcare worker at a youth mental health facility.

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