Australia’s prime minister has ordered a 14-day self-isolation for anyone arriving within the country to undertake to halt the spread of the coronavirus.”This is extremely important,” Scott Morrison said at an appointment , adding that the measure would become from midnight on Sunday (13:00 GMT).
The measures mirror those announced by New Zealand on Saturday.Foreign cruise liners also will be banned from docking in Australia for 30 days, but schools will remain open.Australia has reported nearly 250 confirmed cases, with three deaths.
What did Scott Morrison say?
The prime minister announced the measures following a cupboard meeting on the coronavirus crisis.
“This is extremely important, what we have seen in recent weeks is more countries having issues with the virus which means the source of a number of those transmissions are coming from more and more countries,” he said at the briefing in Sydney.
“We know that the virus can’t be absolutely stopped – no-one can do this – but we will slow the spread.”And we anticipate which will be our task over subsequent six months.”
He urged people to practice more “social distancing”, including not shaking hands.Mr Morrison said that despite all the changes he hoped Australians wouldn’t lose their “sense of Australianness”.
Appearing alongside him, Australia’s chief medic Brendan Murphy admitted that these were “difficult times” for the country.He called on Australians to be sensible when buying necessities, warning against panic buying.
In February, quite 200 Australian nationals were flown back home after 14 days in quarantine on remote Christmas Island.
They had been earlier evacuated from China’s Hubei province, where the outbreak is believed to possess started late last year.