The Australian government announced this Thursday that as a precautionary measure it would extend international border restrictions for three more months to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus disease after an outbreak was recently registered in the city of Melbourne.
Health Secretary Greg Hunt added that the extension will be extended to at least December 17, defending the measures as “reasonable” considering the risk Australia faces, which has so far added 26,136 accumulated cases and 737 deaths.
Hunt stated that the decision was made in accordance with the recommendations of Australia’s Principal Health Protection Committee (AHPPC), which has described the international and domestic situation as an “unacceptable risk to public health”. .
Australia has been living under these restrictions since last March, initially allowing tourists and visitors to leave the country. Local people and permanent residents are also prohibited from leaving the country unless they have been given safe conduct from authorities in proven emergencies.