Breaking: The Australian government says it will ban all non-citizens from China entering Australia.
The Federal government said anyone coming from China will be denied entry to Australia.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that the coronavirus outbreak was an “escalating threat” to the country.
From February 1 2020, anyone other than citizens, residents, dependents, legal guardians or spouses will be denied entry into Australia if travelling from mainland China.
The Australian government has also increased its travel warnings to “do not travel” to mainland China due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Medical experts met today and agreed to expand risk group to “all of mainland China” from today. They recommended DFAT advise Australians not to travel to China.
Scott Morrison also says if you are an Australian and have come from China, you must isolate for 14 days. If you are not an Australian or part of an Australian family, you will not get entry to Australia.
New Zealand is also likely to implement similar rules.
These border controls apply for the next two weeks. Those who have already boarded flights, or will fly overnight to Australia, will have to rely on the discretion of Australian Border Force commissioner as to whether they can enter Australia.
Video: Morrison press conference
The news came as Qantas suspended China flights.
CORONAVIRUS so far:
- 259 deaths
- 1800 people in serious condition
- Around 12,000 confirmed cases
China: 11,791 (+2071)
Thailand: 19 (+5)
Japan: 17 (+3)
Singapore: 16 (+3)
Malaysia: 8 (-)
South-Korea: 11 (+4)
Vietnam: 5 (-)
UAE: 4 (-)
Russia: 2 (+2)
India: 1 (-)
Philippines 1 (-)
Nepal: 1 (-)
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