Canberra, Mar 19 : Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday announced that all non-residents will be banned from entering Australia as COVID-19 is spreading globally. To be effective from Friday night, the ban followed declaration of an unprecedented human biosecurity emergency on Wednesday.
Australian citizens will be able to return, but will be subject to a mandatory 14-day self-isolation. According to the department of health, there have been 565 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of 0630 hrs local time Thursday, a 24 per cent increase from the day before. Of those cases, 259, or 45 per cent, were considered to be overseas acquired. (UNI)