Australia to reduce flights from India, among other high-risk Covid countries

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Australia to reduce flights from India, among other high-risk Covid countries

Melbourne, April 22

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday introduced a discount in flights from high-risk Covid nations, like India, following an alarming rise in coronavirus instances internationally.

After a nationwide Cabinet assembly in Canberra, Morrison mentioned: “What we have agreed to – and this particularly relates to the chartered services we’re running into the Northern Territory – we will be reducing by some 30 per cent the numbers coming through our chartered services in the months ahead.”

While the listing of high-risk countries was nonetheless being finalised, Morrison mentioned the announcement was made retaining in view India’s worsening second wave of coronavirus.

India registered over 3.14 lakh new coronavirus instances on Thursday, the highest-ever single-day depend recorded in any nation, taking the whole tally of COVID-19 instances within the nation to 1,59,30,965.

“We will also be limiting the departure exceptions for Australians travelling to high-risk countries…to India. As time goes on, and the pandemic continues to rage, there are countries that are frankly of greater risk than others,” Morrison mentioned.

“The Chief Medical Officer, working with others and the DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade), will be seeking to put a list of high-risk countries in place,” he mentioned, including that the listing can be related to that of the UK’s COVID-19 journey “red list”.

Morrison mentioned new guidelines to return to Australia would now be utilized for these coming from such high-risk nations.

“If you have been in a high-risk country in the previous 14 days, before getting on your last point of embarkation to Australia, then you would need to have had a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test 72 hours before leaving that last point of embarkation,” Morrison mentioned.

Morrison mentioned these new steps mirrored that this can be a international pandemic which is raging.

“Australians are living like few others anywhere else in the world. We take those border arrangements very seriously. This is a way of matching that risk,” the prime minister mentioned, explaining how strict border controls had led to fewer instances in Australia.

”We have been working exhausting to get Australians house, significantly since final September. And there’ll proceed to be the chance for these to return from locations like India, however in very managed circumstances,” he mentioned.

Earlier on Thursday, Western Australian (WA) Premier Mark McGowan sought journey suspension from India after an outbreak in a quarantine lodge in Perth.

McGowan mentioned on April 3, a household of three returned to Perth from the UK and on April 10, a pair returned from India and examined constructive for COVID-19 a number of days later.

Gowan mentioned genome sequencing linked the pressure the 2 households have been now struggling from. He mentioned someway there was transmission between two rooms with closed doorways.

There have been one other 18 visitors on that flooring on the time of transmission.

“Since the tenth of April, there have been 13 safety guards, 31 numerous lodge employees, one physician, and two CCTV installers, on that flooring. All of those folks can be re-tested as quickly as attainable,” he mentioned. Health authorities are investigating how the transmission occurred.

The coronavirus has thus far claimed 910 lives, together with 29,603 confirmed infections, in Australia, in accordance to Johns Hopkins University. PTI

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