Australia has declared a temporary withdrawal from India as a precautionary measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus in India. All flights have been canceled.
If Australian nationals return from India, they could face up to five years in prison and a fine, according to the Australian Ministry of Health. This information has been given in the BBC news.
There are about 9,000 Australians in India, of whom at least 600 are in areas with a widespread corona infection. Their condition has been identified as critical.
For those who want to return to the country in the face of the threat of coronavirus, the Aussie government’s decision is unreasonable, said the doctor and health analyst. Viom Sharma. “Our families are literally dying in India … there is no way to get them out,” he said.
According to the new decision, those who have been in India for the last 14 days from next Monday will be barred from entering Australia. Those who disobey the order could face up to five years in prison, as well as a 66,000 Australian dollar fine. The decision will be reviewed on May 15, the Australian Ministry of Health said.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said in a statement, “The government has not taken this decision lightly. It is important to protect Australia’s public health and quarantine system, as well as to control the number of Covid-19 patients in quarantine centers.
The Australian Ministry said it would send ventilators, medical equipment and personal protective equipment to India.