Scott Morrison says India Covid ban is NOT racist

Scott Morrison says India Covid ban is NOT racist

Mr Sharma had his return flight to Australia scheduled for 7 May cancelled after a ban on flights from India was announced earlier in the week, and says the additional criminalisation measures are insulting. I feel terribly for the Indian community'.

The government will reconsider the travel ban on May 15 following advice from Australia's chief medical officer.

Morrison said that the ban was under a continual review and "this only needs to be there in place for as long as it needs to be there to keep Australians safe".

The government has staunchly defended the tough move saying it was necessary to protect Australia's public health and the quarantine systems, as India records more than 300,000 new COVID-19 cases a day.

"It absolutely does not prove that we are not confident about the hotel quarantine arrangements", she said in defence of the system.

"That has been our benchmark that we have agreed with the states and territories right throughout", he said. "The situation in India is dire and very serious, and we need to take and act on the medical advice that was provided to us".

"Terrible scenes in India and we certainly have great empathy for Indian-Australians who are now stuck there for the time being, but also their families here in Australia and we are really committed to getting them back after that pause", he said.

Labor has called on the government to do more to assist India, as thousands of people are dying daily with COVID-19. "These are the things I have to do to ensure we can do that", he said.

Yes, Australia's borders remain closed - and have been like this since the start of this global crisis.

Outbound worldwide flights from Australia are now banned.

"Australia has obligations to our citizens, to people who are Australians - not just to abandon them overseas but then to threaten them is quite an extraordinary action", Albanese was quoted by media reports here on Sunday.

Husband Pankaj said he understood the "anxiety" about travellers returning to Australia from India, but the quarantine system should be able to handle positive cases.

"There is infrastructure, this is a country which is a first-world country", he said.

During his radio interview on Monday, Morrison categorically rejected that the government's decision was motivated by racism.

Workers prepare beds at a new makeshift COVID-19 quarantine facility in India.

"The commission is approaching the Australian Government directly with its concerns".

There have been calls from Labor and a number of state leaders for the federal government to invest in more purpose-built quarantine facilities, arguing the hotels are increasing public health risk because they are not created to prevent infected people from passing on the virus to others in the same hotel.

Dr Miller said it would be viewed as a dark period in the nation's history.

"I think once people see beyond their own fear of the disease they will understand that these are the people who are suffering because we haven't got our act together on quarantine or vaccine in this country", he said.

"So they are the ones paying the price for us now".

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