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Travel to US and Europe unlikely next year

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Australians itching to take an overseas holiday are being warned against planning a trip to Europe or the United States.

The federal government has warned travel to the tourism hotspots might not be an option in 2021.

Instead, the prime minister is focused on reopening travel ties with countries that have managed to suppress the spread of coronavirus.

New Zealanders will be allowed into the Northern Territory and NSW from the end of this week and there are hopes Australians will soon be able to travel across the Tasman.

Scott Morrison has also been speaking to leaders throughout the Pacific and Asia - including South Korea, Singapore and Japan - about resuming travel connections.

"We have had good discussions with them but I think that is a bit further off," he told the Seven Network on Monday.

"You only need to look at what is happening in Europe at the moment, where they are going through a horrific further wave of COVID-19, and of course we have got to be extremely careful about that."

Less than two weeks out from a state election, Mr Morrison is also piling pressure on the Queensland premier to scrap border restrictions.

Victoria recorded 15 new coronavirus infections but no new deaths on Monday.

The 14-day rolling average has increased slightly in metropolitan Melbourne but remains stable in regional Victoria.

The national coronavirus death toll remains at 898.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has extended a state of emergency and disaster by another four weeks to November 8.

Mr Andrews is preparing to ease some restrictions next weekend but will not go as far as some people have hoped.

He acknowledged Melburnians were growing weary and frustrated.

"We all want this to be over, but we can't pretend it is over just because we want it to be," he told reporters.

Queensland again recorded no new cases on Sunday, but health authorities are urging Townsville residents to get tested after traces of the virus were detected in local sewage.

Meanwhile, NSW recorded five new infections as a cluster at a private clinic grew, with patients at a radiology practice also warned to monitor themselves for symptoms.

© AAP 2020