Australia introduces enforced quarantine for returning citizens

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 27, 2020

Mr Morrison said it was clear - after speaking with G20 leaders on Thursday night - he would rather be in Australia now "with the way we are dealing with this together" than anywhere else.

Australia is introducing enforced quarantine by midnight tomorrow for citizens returning home from overseas and will deploy armed forces to ensure people already subjected to self-isolation measures are complying.

"We need to see it keep taking place, all around the country".

"Today we've made a decision to take further actions targetted at what is our greatest area of concern", he said, adding that he would deal with the pressure we have for Australians coming home because two thirds of the cases we have are from Australians coming home.

ADF personnel will bolster local police efforts in visiting the homes and residences of Australians who are in mandatory isolation as directed by state and territory governments and will report to the local police whether the identified individual was at the residence. We will not take them for a matter of convenience.

Mr Morrison said "every day I can keep an Australian in work" matters provided the health advice is adhered to. We will not take them for a matter of convenience.

"We will have more to say about this, but I discussed it with the Premiers and Chief Ministers today".

He said he and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg would have "more to say" in coming days about the third phase of the government's economic response.

"The idea is that businesses will have to close and keep closed".

"This will be a very innovative approach in the circumstances we find ourselves in", he said.

Mr Morrison said he did not want businesses to be saddled by debt, rental payments and other liabilities over the course of the next six months.

Mr Morrison said the national cabinet was also briefed about the economic impact of the virus.

He said the package was created to reduce the weight of debts and liabilities on businesses during the crisis.

'This will underpin our strategy as we go to the third tranche of our economic plan, and that will include support by states and territories on managing the very hard issue of commercial tenancies and also dealing ultimately with residential tenancies as well'.

He added states will make their own arrangements with schools between now and the end of term.

"As time has gone on, the risk of those who are returning from other parts of the world actually increases", Morrison said in a televised briefing.

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