Australia will face fines of up to $ 66,000 if citizens fly home from India amid the coronavirus outbreak in the South Asian country.
Greg Hunt, Australian Health Minister Said in a statement On Saturday that the government would introduce a temporary suspension of travel for travelers from India if the person stayed in India for 14 days.
according Australian Broadcasting CorporationThose violating the ban can face fines of up to $ 66,000 (more than $ 50,000), five years in prison, or both.
“The government has not made a careless decision,” Hunt said in a statement. “However, it is important that the integrity of the Australian health system and the quarantine system is protected and the number of COVID-19 infections in detention facilities will be reduced until the next day. At a manageable level ”
The pause will go into effect on May 3 and will be reconsidered on May 15, Hunt said.
The measure comes as India grapples with a sharp rise in the coronavirus infection. This country has become the fourth country in the world. More than 200,000 people died from the coronavirus. It follows Mexico, Brazil and the United States.
India has a record 400,000 new cases a day for the first time after having surpassed 300,000 new cases for 10 days in a row. All adults.
according Johns Hopkins UniversityIndia has more than 19 million people infected with the coronavirus since the outbreak began and 211 have died and 853 have died.
Hunt said Australia has agreed to supply emergency supplies for the media, including 1,000 non-invasive respirators, and has offered personal protective equipment “essential packages” including surgical masks, protective clothing, goggles, gloves and facial protection.
United States on Thursday past. Start distributing More than $ 100 million in aid to the country, including oxygen equipment, testing and vaccine materials, and will Travel limit From India starting May 4