Australia imposes fines of up to $ 66,000 if its citizens fly home from India amid a massive rise in coronavirus cases in the South Asian country.
Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said in a statement on Saturday, the government will issue a temporary break on travelers from India if the person has been in India for 14 days.
According to Australian Broadcasting Corporation, those who violate the ban can face a fine of $ 66,000 (over $ 50,000 US), five years in prison or both.
“The government is not making these decisions easily,”
The break takes effect on May 3 and will be reconsidered on May 15, Hunt said.
The measure comes as India struggles with a massive increase in coronavirus infections. The nation became the fourth in the world exceeds 200,000 cumulative deaths from coronavirus behind Mexico, Brazil and the United States.
India for the first time had a dismal record of 400,000 new daily infections after new daily cases surpassed 300,000 in 10 consecutive days. The nation on Saturday opened COVID-19 vaccinations for all adults.
According to Johns Hopkins University, India has registered over 19 million coronavirus infections since the pandemic began and 211, 853 total deaths.
Hunt said Australia has agreed to supply emergency media supplies, including 1,000 non-invasive fans, and has offered a “substantial package” of personal protective equipment, including surgical masks, dresses, goggles, gloves and face shields.
USA Thursday began to distribute over $ 100 million in support to the country, including oxygen supply, testing and vaccine materials and willpower limit the journey from India starting on May 4th.