By Tony Winterburn • 19 March 2020 • 8:47
CASES OF THE CORONAVIRUS IN SPAIN BORDER ON 25,000 WITH ALMOST 1500 DEATHS
In making the announcement on Thursday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison explained the delay was to enable people currently preparing to arrive in Australia to make other arrangements, while not trapping travellers currently mid-flight.
“We believe it is essential to take (this) further step,” he said.
“I have been consulting with the New Zealand Prime Minister on (this) ban.”
New Zealand placed the same ban on non-residents entering its country on Thursday.
“These arrangements will enable over the next 24 hours or so for people to make other arrangements, if they were intending to come to Australia,” Morrison said.
“For Australians, of course, they will be able to return and they will be subject, as they already are, to 14 days of isolation upon arrival back in Australia.”
Morrison repeated the call for Australians to return home from overseas countries as soon as possible and was working with Qantas to facilitate this.
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