Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended his government’s decision to imprison or fine its citizens returning from India. He said on Monday that this decision has been taken in the interest of the country and its aim is to stop the third wave of infection.
The Australian government has banned the return of any of its citizens for the first time in history, provided it has been in India for 14 days. The government has warned those who break the ban to impose five years in jail or a fine of about $ 51,000 (about Rs 37 lakh). Morrison said it was an immediate arrangement and a very difficult decision. The aim is to ensure that the third wave does not spread in the country and the quarantine system remains strong. He said that he is concerned for the people of the Indian community. He has seen seven times more infections among people who returned from India at the Howard Spring campus.
On Monday, dictator Scott (DictatorScott) started trending on Twitter with the hashtag. In fact, Australian citizens reacted to the Prime Minister’s strict policy. MP Matthew Canavan tweeted, ‘We have to help the Australian citizens coming back home from India and not put them in jail. We have to make a quarantine system for them and not let them stay trapped there.
Returning citizens will be quarantined at the hotel for two weeks at their own expense. There are 22,245 cases of community transmission in Australia, while 910 people have died. Around 35,000 Australian citizens are stranded in India. Around 4 lakh cases were reported in India on Friday and more than 2 lakh people died. At the same time, there was not a single case of community transmission in Australia on Monday. The vaccination program is slow in the country so far, 2 million vaccine doses have been given here. If the process of vaccination continues at this pace, then adults in Australia will receive a complete vaccine dose by August 2023. The government has cited a lack of vaccine globally and raised doubts about AstraZeneca.