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Aussies to face JAIL TIME for breaching new Covid rule

Aussies to face JAIL TIME for breaching new Covid rule”

Australia's travel suspension with India, announced earlier this week, had temporarily ended all direct flights from the coronavirus-ravaged nation.

But the news media is in a crisis of its own. "However, it is critical the integrity of the Australian public health and quarantine systems is protected and the number of COVID-19 cases in quarantine facilities is reduced to a manageable level", Mr Hunt said.

Mr Hunt made the unprecedented determination under the Biosecurity Act after receiving advice from Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly.

Mr Hunt today confirmed the new measures will take effect from Monday.

It's estimated there are more than 9,000 Australian citizens and residents in India at the moment.

"The government does not make these decisions lightly".

National cabinet instead "noted" Professor Kelly's assessment that India is the first country to meet the threshold of a high risk country. India's new coronavirus cases stayed above 300,000 for a sixth consecutive day on Tuesday.

The move was prompted after two people circumvented travel bans from India, returning to Australia via Doha in a loophole that has since been closed.

Last night, Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt announced anyone who attempted to defy the rules would be hit with fines of up to AU$66,600 (NZ$71,680) or five years in prison, or both.

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The Australian government is considering criminal action against its citizens if they arrive in the country from India bypassing a flight ban imposed earlier this week, 9News Australia reported on Friday.

Australia will also provide to India emergency medical supplies, including over 1,000 non-invasive ventilators.

The ban will remain in place until at least May 15 - after which, Mr Hunt said, the aim was to resume repatriation and commercial flights as soon as possible.

India set another world record on Thursday with more than 379,000 new cases and 3645 deaths.

Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe said Kenya had "observed the dire events in India. and resolved to suspend all passenger flights in and out of the country for a period of 14 days".

Indian Premier League cricket team the Royal Challengers Bangalore players flew to Mumbai from their IPL bubble in Chennai on Monday, planning to return home via Doha but Richardson and Zampa were blindsided by Australia's ban on passenger flights from India.

"There is huge pressure now on all our quarantine facilities as a result of people coming from India". "Tragically, many are contracting COVID-19 and many, sadly, are dying every day".

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also said cricketers will not get preferential treatment.

Another 386,452 infections and 3,498 deaths were officially recorded on Friday - but medics have warned the true figures could be ten times greater, putting daily infections at three million.



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