Australia is again extending the coronavirus ban for foreign travelers from China – and they will not be admitted until next month
The ban on coronavirus caused by Australia for foreign travelers from China will be extended by another week until 29 February.
The decision was taken on Thursday by the National Security Committee of the Cabinet as the number of infections and deaths in Hubei Province, the epicenter of the virus, continues to grow.
Foreigners – with the exception of permanent Australian residents – who have been on mainland China are not allowed to enter Australia 14 days after their departure from Australia.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison went to Twitter on Thursday to announce the extension.
“The protection and safety of Australians is our top priority,” he tweeted.
“Today the National Security Committee of Cabinet decided, based on expert medical advice about the # corona virus outbreak, that it was necessary to continue the Chinese travel ban for another week until February 29.”