Australian Government Bars Entry To Foreign Nationals Traveling From Mainland China

Australian Government Bars Entry To Foreign Nationals Traveling From Mainland China”

Those Aussies who do make it back from China will face virus screening at major airports.

They will not be allowed enter Australia for 14 days from the time they depart or transited through the Asian superpower.

Of the 243 passengers, five are under the age of two and 89 are under the age of 16.

According to Freelance journalist Rebekah Holt, the family were unaware of their fate until she had contacted them.

"We've been talking about this evacuation plan for about a week now".

It will fly as Flt QF 6031 to Hong Kong, arriving there at 7 pm local before flying a domestic leg to Wuhan arriving in the quarantined city at 11.30 pm.

New Zealand is warning people not to travel to Hubei Province and to avoid non-essential travel elsewhere in China due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Qantas and Air NZ follow Air France, British Airways and many more in halting flights to China.

Ying Wang's two children - both Australian citizens.

Several precautions have been put in place to manage the risk of spreading the virus with passengers to undergo health checks before boarding and surgical masks will be worn by passengers and the crew.

Food and beverages will be kept to a minimum in order to minimize interaction between crew and passengers.

While the 747 can land at Christmas Island the runway is not grooved and at this time of the year is subject to heavy rain.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, second right, Minister for Health Greg Hunt, left, Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy, and Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne, right, give an update on the coronavirus at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020.

"Many people who now come from mainland China and have been in China since February 1st choose not to travel", he told reporters in Canberra.

"If someone gets sick, their family may have to start over for 14 days, but we don't want to expose the whole group to it".

Passengers wearing protective masks arrive at Sydney International Airport.

In Australia, 12 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed, and there have been more than 17,000 cases and 360 deaths worldwide.

Foreign travellers who have left or passed through China will be denied entry to Australia to limit the spread of the virus.

Australia on Saturday barred non-citizens traveling from mainland China from entering the country for at least two weeks, while Qantas said it would suspend flights to Shanghai and Beijing starting February 9. On Friday, Morrison said Australia has declared a Level 4 travel guidance and is advising its citizens against traveling to China at all.

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