Australian officials have warned that residents and citizens of Australia who have been in India for the past 14 days and intend to return to Australia, they will be barred from entering Australia from Monday next week. Violators can face fines and imprisonment.
The ban was announced on Friday, the first time authorities have declared repatriation a crime. The move by the Australian government is aimed at deterring travelers from India to Australia. There has been a steady increase in corona cases and deaths.
Health Minister Greg Hunt said in a statement that the ban would take effect on May 3 and that violators could face up to five years in prison in addition to fines. Gregg added that the government was taking these decisions seriously.
According to him, it is important to ensure the health of the people and control the number of coronary cases. The ban imposed by the government will be reviewed on May 15 this month.
It is estimated that the number of deaths due to the pandemic in India has exceeded two million. The number of people affected by the epidemic has reached 19 million. Despite the epidemic in India, political and religious gatherings continue. Australian surgeon Neela Janakiraman, whose family is in India, says it is inappropriate to criminalize the repatriation of Australian citizens.