Australians Face $66K Fine And Jail Time If They Fly Home From India During COVID-19 Travel Ban

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The Federal Government published a press release in the early hours of Saturday morning announcing harsh penalties for Australian citizens who attempt to fly home from India, where more than 300,000 new COVID-19 cases have been reported each day this past week. The temporary ban begins on May 3 and applies to any travelers who have visited India in the 14 days preceding the date they intend to arrive in Australia. Citizens who fail to comply face a $66,000 fine and up to five years of jail time. It is thought to be the first time the Federal Government has made entering Australia a criminal offense to its own citizens.

Australians Face Ban

The move, in view of wellbeing exhortation and which followed Friday’s public bureau meeting, comes after two Australian cricketers in India slipped home by going through Qatar’s Doha Airport.

“The public authority doesn’t settle on these choices delicately. In any case, it is basically the trustworthiness of the Australian general wellbeing and isolates frameworks are ensured and the quantity of COVID-19 cases in isolate offices is decreased to a sensible level,” Mr. Hunt said.

The “transitory interruption” has been set up until 15 May, and the Chief Medical Officer will reexamine things at that stage.

Any change to permit explorers to begin returning will be founded on the study of disease transmission in India, general wellbeing hazard in Australia, and isolate limit, Mr. Hunt said.

Common freedoms Watch rushed to hammer the public authority’s “incredible reaction” and said Australians have an option to get back to their own country.

“The public authority ought to be searching for approaches to wellbeing isolate Australians getting back from India, rather than zeroing in their endeavors on jail sentences and cruel disciplines for individuals who are confronting frantic conditions and basically attempting to get back,” the gathering’s Australia chief Elaine Pearson said in an explanation on Saturday.

Various state pioneers are asking the national government to put resources into more reason constructed isolated offices, contending the lodgings being depended on are expanding general wellbeing hazard since they are not intended to keep tainted individuals from giving the infection to others in a similar inn.

Bureaucratic Labor MP Tanya Plibersek said the public authority ought to have set up legitimate isolated offices at the beginning of the pandemic.

“The truly baffling thing about this is we are discussing this past the point of no return,” she told correspondents on Saturday morning. “India is the most disastrous illustration of that. Australians wherever are frantic to return home and Scott Morrison has bombed them.”

Financial officer Josh Frydenberg yielded the move was “extraordinary” yet said it would at last “guard Australians”.

India on Friday enrolled 386,452 new COVID-19 cases, one more worldwide record high for contaminations in a solitary day.

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