Australia imposes 14-day self-isolation on all arrivals

17 Mars, 2020, 00:38 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Australia imposes 14-day self-isolation on all arrivals

Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that all overseas arrivals to Australia will be required to self-isolate as the country tackles the coronavirus pandemic.

The Australian government has also banned all cruise ships from foreign ports from visiting Australia for the next 30 days.

Commending the efforts of PM Modi to organise a joint link-up with all G20 leaders, Australian PM Scott Morrison, on Saturday, said that Australia would obviously support it.

Six of the 18 Western Washington residents with the coronavirus have died as health officials rush to test more suspected cases and communities brace for spread of the disease.

The self-isolation rule is similar to measures announced for New Zealand by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern yesterday.

The rules were announced in a press conference from Mr Morrison this afternoon that followed a special national cabinet meeting about the government's response to coronavirus. "All of the places where we see the virus escalate very quickly through other parts of the world are in the northern hemisphere, they are in the latter part of their winter months", he said.

Morrison also reiterated Friday announcement of the effective ban on "non-essential" gatherings of 500 or more people, saying enforcement will also be handled by the states, though he called for "common sense" to prevail, as police resources would be best dedicated elsewhere.

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It has also endorsed health experts' advice on "social distancing" - not shaking hands or getting within a metre of another person.

New travel requirements mean all people arriving in Australia, including citizens, must self-isolate for a fortnight.

Mr Morrison said the aim of the measures was to protect the most vulnerable and slow the spread of the virus so the health system is not overwhelmed to the point it can not cope.

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"If your mate has been to Bali, and they come to work and sit next to you, they'll be committing an offence", he said.

Anzac Day services and marches have been cancelled in NSW, Western Australia and Tasmania with other states reviewing their commemorations, while some schools around the country are planning to close.



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