Coronavirus: Australia closes its borders to non-residents

Mar 21, 2020

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced that anyone who is not a citizen, resident, or close relative of a citizen or resident, will be denied entry to Australia beginning Friday, March 20 at 9 p.m. and indefinitely.

"We have been thinking about aligning the arrangements in the Tasman Sea and I appreciate the consultation I had with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to address these issues," said Morrison.

For those who enter the country, the requirement remains that they be quarantined for 14 days.

Regarding Australians who have been stranded abroad, Morrison has said the government is working with Qantas to study flight availability. He also indicated that the Foreign Ministry works within its means to help its citizens.

Historical drop in interest rates

The Australian Reserve Bank announced on Thursday a drop in interest rates from 0.5 to 0.25 percent.

The Morrison government has applauded this measure and has said it is in tune with the Executive's policies to stimulate the economy.

The Australian Reserve Bank has also announced a $ 90 billion loan package to ensure banks have the money available for loans.

The government has announced a $ 15 billion loan scheme for small and medium-sized businesses.

Together, that will inject more than $ 100 billion into the economy.

Morrison has mentioned that the government is considering implementing special aid to people who charge Newstart and that specific packages will be announced in the coming days.

“We are analyzing the problems related to people's obligations. We are working constructively, whether with banks or with companies or others, to make sure that we put them in a stronger position to care for people and where they are not in a position to do so, so the government is moving where they can to try to cushion that impact as much as we can and responsibly. "Morrison said.

COVID-19 medical tests

The Prime Minister has confirmed that so far about 85,000 tests have been carried out across Australia and has recommended that the test be done only when necessary.

As of 6:30 a.m. on March 19, 2020, there have been 565 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. There have been 111 new cases since 6.30 a.m. yesterday.

Australian authorities advise that only people who have recently traveled abroad or who have been in contact with a confirmed case and who have experienced symptoms within 14 days should be tested for COVID-19.

If you think you may have contracted COVID-19, call your doctor (do not visit) or contact the new National Coronavirus Information Line (1800 020 080).

If you have difficulty breathing or have a medical emergency, call 000.


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