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    Posted: February 13 2020 at 1:06pm
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Coronavirus: China says Australia’s travel ban is an ‘over-reaction’
FEBRUARY 14, 2020 7:32AM

China has taken drastic measures in an attempt to disinfect the country amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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The coronavirus-related travel ban preventing Chinese visitors and students from entering Australia, which was due to end this weekend, will be extended for another week.
From Friday, foreign nationals who have been in mainland China will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from the time they left.

But China says it’s an “over-reaction”, in an official statement issued by the Chinese embassy in Canberra overnight.


“We express our deep regret and dissatisfaction over the Australian government’s announcement,” a spokesman said in a statement.

“The World Health Organisation has repeatedly stressed that it does not recommend putting travel and trade restrictions on China.

“Only Australia and a small number of countries have taken such extreme measures which are an over-reaction indeed.

“We urge the Australian side to … respect WHO’s professional recommendations, and lift the restrictions as early as possible.”

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A Chinese couple wear protective masks and coats as they leave a shopping mall on February 13, 2020 in Beijing, China. Picture: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images. Source: Getty Images
A boy wearing a face mask waves a Chinese national flag as he sits on a stroller in Beijing on February 13, 2020. Picture: AFP. Source: AFP
Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Canberra on Thursday the government “did not take this decision lightly”.

“We are very mindful of the disruption and economic impacts of these arrangements, but I note Australia is one of 58 countries that has introduced some form of travel restrictions,” he said.

Australian citizens and permanent residents will still be able to enter, as will their immediate family members, but they must self-isolate for 14 days from the time they left mainland China. The restrictions will be reviewed in one week.

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A man wearing a face mask rides his bicycle along an empty street in Beijing on February 12, 2020. Picture: STR / AFP) Source: AFP
Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said the key concern was the spread of the virus, officially known as COVID-19, across China.

There are now more than 60,000 confirmed cases of the virus, most of them in the province of Hubei where it was first detected, and 1357 people have died. More than 240 deaths were reported on Wednesday alone, the highest number of fatalities on a single day since the virus was first reported in December. Of the 15 cases in Australia, six have been cleared and the remaining nine are all stable.

No quarantined Australians at Christmas Island and Darwin have tested positive for the virus, with the first group of evacuees due to return home on Monday.

Universities are contacting their Chinese students to ensure they understand how the extension of travel restrictions affect them and to provide support.

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

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 advice to the government.

More than 200 Australians are passengers on the ship, with 11 of them testing positive for the virus.

– with wires

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They should Respect Australias concerns for it's citizens......

In others words "Takes hike China".....

That's the nice version of what I think.....
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