Australians arrive home for quarantine after weeks on coronavirus cruise ship

Remigio Civitarese
Февраля 20, 2020

The restrictions were due to end in coming days, but it has not been pushed back to February 29.

China's coronavirus epidemic could also cost Australia an estimated $12 billion, with the education and tourism sectors to bear the brunt of the fallout.

Australia has prevented anyone but citizens and permanent residents from entering the country directly from mainland China since Feb 1, citing a need to stop the spread of the new flu-like coronavirus that emerged from China late past year. Their spouses, legal guardians and dependants are also exempt.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said 169 Australians had asked for evacuation, though those holidaymakers would need to be symptom-free when checked by Japanese health officials prior to boarding the plane.

"The [Australian Health Protection Principal Committee] has advised that there are signs the spread of the coronavirus in Chinese provinces outside Hubei province is slowing", the statement reads.

"We continue to require Australian citizens, permanent residents and their families who have been in mainland China from 1 February 2020, and who return Australia, to self-isolate for 14 days from the time they left mainland China", the statement said.

The streets of Wuhan are empty following the coronavirus outbreak.

The elderly pair had been hospitalised for treatment but succumbed to the deadly respiratory illness.

More than 150 Australians arrived home on Thursday (Feb 20) to begin two weeks of quarantine after finally disembarking a cruise ship docked in Japan where more than 600 people have contracted the newly identified coronavirus.

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