Australia extends its China travel ban as the coronavirus crisis gets deeper – despite moving $ 1 billion per week in lost tourism and blocking 100,000 students from visiting uni
- The Chinese ban on Australia is expected to be extended this week, the health minister warns
- It is despite a heavy blow to the tourist and educational sectors of Australia because of a ban
- Up to 100,000 international students cannot return on time for semester one
Australia will extend its travel ban in China as the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread despite a severe blow to the country’s tourism and educational sectors.
Saturday is two weeks ago that Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a temporary 14-day ban on foreign travelers who have left mainland China or are passing through to arrive on our coast.
Health Minister Greg Hunt has warned that the travel ban will probably be extended if the global death toll rises to 1000.
“We expect it to continue. We don’t set a timetable for it, “the minister said The Australian.
The tourism industry is paying a heavy price for the temporary ban on Chinese travelers in Australia, which is likely to be extended later this week
Mr. Hunt added that the government acted on the best medical advice to implement the ban.
“Ultimately, it’s our job … our responsibility to provide protection and national health protection for the Australian people,” he said.
“They have been difficult decisions, but based on the medical advice and we will implement the medical advice.”
Australia currently has 15 confirmed coronavirus cases, while four Australians are among 65 newly confirmed cases on board the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama in Japan.
The federal government also admits that the ban has taken its toll on the tourism industry, which is estimated to lose $ 1 billion a week.
Qantas also enforced the temporary suspension of its two direct services to mainland China until 28 March this week.
If the travel ban is extended, a maximum of 100,000 international students cannot return to Australia in time for the start of the semester
An extended travel ban will also impact the $ 39 billion international education sector in Australia.
The plans of universities can fall into chaos if 100,000 international students are unable to return to Australia in time for the start of the semester.
Some Australian universities have already delayed the start of the semester due to the corona virus.
Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan acknowledged that extensive prohibitions can cause major disruption.
“It is very awaiting what happens,” said Mr. Tehan Sunday against Sky News.
But I hope that we will see some kind of breakthrough and that we can get students here for the first semester, but we will have to wait and see. ”
Foreign travelers who have recently left mainland China or have passed by, currently have no access to our coasts. The photo shows visitors arriving in Brosbane before the ban was introduced.
More than 100 Australian residents remain stranded in Wuhan’s Chinese coronavirus epicenter after 266 “clinically good” evacuates arrived on a chartered Qantas flight on Sunday.
Another 243 Australians who were on the first rescue flight from Wuhan are almost halfway a 14-day quarantine on Christmas Island after landing on Tuesday.
The federal government has rejected desperate calls to set up a third evacuation flight from many of those detained who missed the selection for the second flight that left Wuhan on Sunday morning.
They include up to a dozen unaccompanied minors, according to Fairfax Media.
On Sunday afternoon about 266 evacuees flown from Wuhan arrived
Foreign Minister Marise Payne acknowledged that it was a difficult situation for the affected families.
“The children stay with family and are well cared for,” she told Fairfax.
Among the Australians who are still trapped in Wuhan, desperate to return home, are Lily and her two teenage children.
“One is in class 12 and the other in class 8. If we can’t return to Australia by April, [the elder one] will have to study again in class 12 ‘, she told the Sydney Morning Herald.
‘The children are very anxious and hope to go back to school as soon as possible. We are currently in good health, but we are concerned about contamination. ”
AUSTRALIA WITH THE CORONAVIRUS
NEW SOUTH WALES: 4
- Three men, 43, 53 and 35 years old who had recently traveled to China, have confirmed that they have contracted the disease.
- Two flew in from Wuhan, while the other arrived in Sydney from Shenzhen, South China.
- They are treated in isolation at Westmead Hospital and are in a stable condition.
- A 21-year-old woman is identified as the fourth person who tested positive for the disease in NSW.
- The woman, a student at UNSW, flew on flight MU749 to Sydney International Airport on January 23 and presented to the emergency department 24 hours later after developing flu-like symptoms.
- She is treated in isolation at Westmead Hospital.
- A Chinese citizen aged fifty will be the first confirmed case of the corona virus in Australia.
- The man flew from Wuhan via Guangzhou to Melbourne on January 19 on the Southern Southern flight CZ321.
- He is now in quarantine at the Monash Hospital in Clayton in the east of Melbourne.
- A Victorian man in his sixties is diagnosed with the corona virus.
- He became unwell on January 23 – two days after his return from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak.
- The man was confirmed as positive on January 29 and was subsequently seen by doctors at the Monash Medical Center. He was rated good enough to stay at home.
- A woman in her forties has a corona virus.
- She was visiting from China and mainly spent time with her family.
- She is being treated at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
- A woman in her twenties in Melbourne appears to have the virus
QUEEN COUNTRY: 5
- Queensland confirms its first case after a 44-year-old Chinese subject was diagnosed with the virus.
- He is being treated at the Gold Coast University Hospital.
- A 42-year-old Chinese woman who traveled in the same Wuhan travel group as the 44-year-old man tested positive. She is in stable condition at the Gold Coast University Hospital.
- The corona virus has been diagnosed in an eight-year-old boy. He also comes from the travel group where the other Queensland cases came from
- The case was found in a 37-year-old man who was a member of a group of nine Chinese tourists in quarantine on the Gold Coast
- A 37-year-old woman was diagnosed with the corona virus of the same travel group that flew from Melbourne to Queensland on January 27
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: 2
- A Chinese couple in their 60s who arrived in Adelaide from Wuhan to visit relatives have been confirmed to have a corona virus.
- It has been confirmed that two Australians have the virus in Wuhan itself. Australia has increased the travel alarm level to ‘not traveling’ for the city of Wuhan – the epicenter of the outbreak – and for the entire Hubei province.
- Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy says that unless people are in contact with someone who doesn’t feel well and comes from that part of China, there is no cause for concern.
- Four Australians are among the 65 newly confirmed coronavirus cases aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama.