Australia extends virus ban on arrivals from mainland China

Australia extends ban on visitors from China

The Maritime Unions of Australia is concerned its members are being put at risk by the arrival of container vessels from mainland China, which it says in some cases are docking in breach of the travel ban.

Australia's decision to ban people from entering the country from mainland China until at least Feb 22 due to the coronavirus outbreak is causing renewed friction with its largest trading partner.

Mr Hunt used his strongest language yet to warn the travel ban, due to expire at the weekend, would likely be extended when a decision was made at the end of the week...

Morrison said Australia is one of 58 countries to introduce some sort of travel ban over the ongoing virus fears.

The death toll in China from the virus has reached at least 1,355.

"Only Australia and a small number of countries have taken such extreme measures which are overreaction indeed", it said.

Dr Murphy said those who had self-isolated had "behaved impeccably", greatly helping authorities' efforts to keep people safe.

"The ban on passenger air travel also impacts on a range of other industries that depend on frequent air movements to shift goods, including perishable products", Australian Chamber - Tourism Executive chair John Hart said in a statement.

"There is continuing and concerning growth of cases and mortality in Hubei province and further, though slower, growth in other regions of mainland China", he said in a news release.

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Of the 15 cases in Australia, six have been cleared and the remaining nine are all stable.

"We are taking a cautious approach. this is why we are on a weekly rotation in the review of this", he said.

No Australians quarantined at Christmas Island or Darwin have tested positive for the disease, AAP reported.

"We know the decision to extend these restrictions will be hard for many students during what is already a very stressful time", she said.

The infectious disease expert will join an worldwide team to gather information about the passengers, including the 200 Australians on board the Diamond Princess.

"To all those whose plans have been affected, I assure you we are doing everything possible to minimise disruption to your studies, and to protect the health and welfare of every student".

Work is also underway on extending existing domestic tourism campaigns to help businesses impacted by the downturn in foreign visitors.

Meanwhile, an Australian public health expert is being sent to Japan to look at the handling of the cruise ship Diamond Princess' quarantine process and provide assistance to the government.

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