Australians Face Jail for Returning from India
According to a press statement issued by the Hon Greg Hunt MP, the Australian Government implemented a temporary pause on travelers from India entering Australian territory if the person has been in India within 14 days of the person’s departure time.
An estimated 9,000 Australians are in India, 600 of whom are classed as vulnerable, reported the BBC.
The pause came into effect on Monday, May 3, 2021, in reaction to the COVID-19 outbreak in India. The temporary pause will be reconsidered on May 15th by the Government following advice from the Chief Medical Officer.
The risk assessment that informed the decision was based on the proportion of overseas travelers in quarantine in Australia who has acquired a COVID-19 infection in India.
Failure to comply with an emergency determination under the Biosecurity Act 2015 may incur a civil penalty of 300 penalty units, five years’ imprisonment, or both.
The Australian Govt. confirmed on May 1, 2021, offered to supply India with a significant package of personal protective equipment, including one million surgical masks, 500,000 P2/N95 masks, and 100,000 surgical gowns, 100,000 goggles, 100,000 pairs of gloves, and 20,000 face shields. And more than 1,000 non-invasive ventilators, with a capacity to deploy up to a total of 3,000 ventilators.