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For some students, the travel ban in China may be LIFTED despite the risk of coronavirus in Australia

For some students, the travel ban in China may be LIFTED despite the risk of coronavirus in Australia

  • Australia wanted to lift the travel ban for a number of Chinese students, despite risks
  • The education sector has been hit hard by the travel ban, with $ 1 billion at stake
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison has vowed to prioritize Australian health and safety

International students coming from China to Australia will soon be able to relax their quarantine restrictions despite the worsening coronavirus outbreak.

Since January, everyone coming from mainland China to Australia has been placed in quarantine for 14 days.

The National Security Committee of Cabinet extended those restrictions by another week on Thursday.

The coronavirus has so far killed 2,000 people worldwide and infected another 75,000, including 15 Australians.

China, Australia’s largest trading partner, has lobbied the Australian government to grant a quarantine exemption for students who are not from Hubei province – the epicenter of the corona virus.

International students coming from China to Australia will soon be able to relax their quarantine restrictions despite the worsening coronavirus outbreak. China, Australia's largest trading partner, has lobbied the Australian government to grant a quarantine exemption for students who are not from Hubei province - the epicenter of the corona virus. People are depicted in Beijing

International students coming from China to Australia will soon be able to relax their quarantine restrictions despite the worsening coronavirus outbreak. China, Australia’s largest trading partner, has lobbied the Australian government to grant a quarantine exemption for students who are not from Hubei province – the epicenter of the corona virus. People are depicted in Beijing

With the university semester starting in March, Prime Minister Scott Morrison hinted that quarantine exemptions could be considered for Chinese students outside of Hubei and the city of Wuhan.

‘The [medical advice] committee has advised that there are signs that coronavirus is spreading in Chinese provinces outside Hubei province, “he told The Australian Financial Review.

“We have to keep a close eye on whether this positive trend will continue when people return to work after the holidays.”

Educational exports from Australia to China are worth $ 12 billion a year, almost as much as coal exports.

Australia's Group of Eight Universities, which together have 105,000 Chinese students, reported last week that the travel ban will cost the economy more than $ 1 billion, while 7500 jobs per 10 percent are declining among Chinese students

Australia's Group of Eight Universities, which together have 105,000 Chinese students, reported last week that the travel ban will cost the economy more than $ 1 billion, while 7500 jobs per 10 percent are declining among Chinese students

The Australian Group of Eight Universities, which together have 105,000 Chinese students, reported last week that the travel ban will cost the economy more than $ 1 billion, while 7500 jobs per 10 percent are declining among Chinese students

There is fear that with the current academic year, if the ban continues until March, many students will leave their studies, with catastrophic consequences for the economy.

“One of the other things that we also look very closely at is the mitigations and the things we can do to minimize the impact on certain sectors, particularly in the education sector,” Morrison said

The Group of Eight Universities of Australia, which together have 105,000 Chinese students, reported last week that the travel ban costs the economy more than $ 1 billion, while the risk of 7500 jobs per 10 percent decrease among Chinese students.

Western Sydney University told its international students on Wednesday that it would lower the cost of airline tickets and accommodation to enable them to reach Australia “through a third country”, creating a loophole.

In the e-mail that was distributed online, the university said that the payment of $ 1500 would be made upon arrival in Australia.

The Morrison government, claiming that the health and well-being of Australians is the first priority, is trying to limit the damage that the ban has caused to the education sector

The Morrison government, claiming that the health and well-being of Australians is the first priority, is trying to limit the damage that the ban has caused to the education sector

The Morrison government, claiming that the health and well-being of Australians is the first priority, is trying to limit the damage that the ban has caused to the education sector

Four flights – including one diverted through New Zealand – have taken Australian prisoners home in Wuhan, who were then taken to Christmas Island for a 14-day quarantine.

There were also a number of Australians who were stuck on the cruise ship for Japan, the Diamond Princess.

They returned to Australia on Thursday via a Qantas flight, some have now returned from quarantine, while about 170 have been taken to a facility in Howard Springs where they will spend the next 2 weeks.

AUSTRALIA WITH THE CORONAVIRUS

NEW SOUTH WALES: 4

January 25

  • 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.

January 27

  • 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.

VICTORIA: 4

January 25

  • 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.

January 29

  • 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.

January 30

  • 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.

February 1

  • A woman in her twenties in Melbourne appears to have the virus

QUEEN COUNTRY: 5

January 29

  • 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.

January 30

  • 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.

February 4

  • 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

February 5

  • 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

February 6

  • 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

February 1

  • A Chinese couple in their 60s who arrived in Adelaide from Wuhan to visit relatives have been confirmed to have a corona virus.

CHINA: 2

January 30

  • 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.

JAPAN: 15

  • From 15 February, 47 Australians are among 219 confirmed coronavirus cases contracted aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Yokohama.
  • Two more Australians on board tested positive after being evacuated to Darwin on February 22

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