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Australia will reduce flights from India, among other high-risk Covid-19 countries | India News


MELBOURNE: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Thursday a reduction in flights from high-risk Covid-19 nations, such as India, following an alarming rise in coronavirus cases around the world.
After a national cabinet meeting in Canberra, Morrison said: “What we have agreed to, and this relates particularly to the chartered services that we are running in the Northern Territory, we will be reducing the numbers entering our services by 30 percent. hired in the next few months. ”
While the list of high-risk countries was still being finalized, Morrison said the announcement was made with the worsening of the second wave of the coronavirus in India in mind. India recorded more than 3.14 lakh of new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the highest single-day count on record in any country, bringing the country’s total COVID-19 case count to 1,59,30,965. .
“We will also limit exit exceptions for Australians traveling to high-risk countries … to India. As time passes and the pandemic continues, there are countries that, frankly, are at higher risk than others,” he said Morrison.
“The Medical Director, working with others and the DFAT (Department of Foreign Relations and Trade), will seek to put a list of high-risk countries,” he said, adding that the list would be similar to the one on the “red list” of travel. Covid-19 from the UK.
Morrison further said that new rules would now apply to return to Australia for those from high-risk nations.
“If you have been in a high-risk country in the last 14 days, before reaching your last point of embarkation in Australia, then you would need to have had a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test 72 hours before leaving. that last embarkation point, ”Morrison said.
Morrison said these new steps reflect that it is a global pandemic that is raging.
“Australians live like few anywhere else in the world. We take these border arrangements very seriously. This is one way to equalize that risk, ”said the prime minister, explaining how strict border controls have led to fewer cases in Australia.
“We have been working hard to bring Australians home, especially since last September. And the opportunity will continue to exist for those to return from places like India, but under very controlled circumstances, “he said.
Earlier on Thursday, Western Australian (WA) Prime Minister Mark McGowan requested suspension of travel from India after an outbreak at a quarantine hotel in Perth.
McGowan said that on April 3, a family of three returned to Perth from the UK and on April 10, a couple returned from India and tested positive for Covid-19 a few days later.
Gowan said genome sequencing linked the strain the two families now suffered from. He said that somehow there was transmission between two rooms with closed doors.
There were 18 other guests on that floor at the time of the broadcast. “Since April 10, there have been 13 security guards, 31 hotel staff, a doctor and two CCTV installers on that floor. All these people will be re-examined as soon as possible. “Health authorities are investigating how the transmission occurred.
So far, the coronavirus has claimed 910 lives, along with 29,603 confirmed infections, in Australia, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Times of India