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Coronavirus-prompted border closures ease | 7NEWS.com.au

Domestic travel restrictions continue to ease across the country as Australia passes a significant testing milestone.

Victorians and Sydneysiders can again travel to Queensland as of Tuesday, with thousands of people expected to hop on flights.

But people from the Adelaide area will have to wait until next week before knowing when they can travel to the Sunshine State.

South Australia’s Parafield cluster remains at 33 after no new cases were recorded on Monday.

There are 14 active cases in the cluster.

Australia’s coronavirus death toll now stands at 908 after a Victorian woman in her 70s died from complications from the illness.

The death was the nation’s first in more than a month, and came as Health Minister Greg Hunt applauded Australia clocking 10 million coronavirus tests.

Mr Hunt also welcomed international praise for Australia’s efforts to contain the virus.

White House virus adviser Dr Anthony Fauci used several media interviews to applaud Australia’s ability to “uniformly implement public health measures” to deal with surges.

“Dr Anthony Fauci said … Australia has been the epitome of success and that is an outcome that is to be attributed to many, many people,” Mr Hunt told federal parliament on Monday.

“In particular we owe our work to the very clear plan that Australia set out right from the outset, containment to flatten the curve and the building of capacity to protect Australians.

The government has announced a major upgrade to the coronavirus tracing app in the hopes it more accurately logs encounters between Australians while it’s running in the background.

Federal officials revealed last month the app had identified just 17 people not picked up through manual contact tracing methods.

Pressure continues to mount on the federal government to help more Australians return home from overseas, as Christmas nears.

More than 36,000 Australians have told authorities they want to return.

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