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Australia orders indefinite travel ban over COVID-19

In an unprecedented move to fight the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus,  Australia orders citizens to not travel abroad.
While addressing a press conference Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced an an “indefinite ban” on foreign travel alongside halting  “non-essential” indoor gatherings and a crackdown on outdoor gatherings in Australia.
Australia has so far recorded more than 500 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus and five fatalities
Stating that Australia never witnessed anything of such sort since the end of the first world war, Morrison called the outbreak of Coronavirus disease “a once-in-100-year type event.”

Asserting the ban to extend for another six months Scott Morrison has excluded public transportation, shopping sites, health facilities and schools from this measure.

Morrison further rejected the trend of shutting down all schools, as has been done in other countries amid the escalation of novel coronavirus and stated that such a move of closure may have “severe” impact on the society and the economy resulting the removal of 30 percent of workers from the healthcare industry as parents would remain home with their kids.

The ban on overseas travel came as Australia’s two main airlines, Qantas and Virgin Australia, slashed international flights 90 per cent and 100 per cent respectively.



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