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21 Oct 2020 | 08:54 PM UTC

Australia: Authorities ease some entry restrictions from October 21 /update 55

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Authorities ease some entry restrictions from October 21; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/21/2020, 12:00 AM until 11/21/2020, 11:59 PM (Australia/Brisbane). COUNTRY/REGION South Australia, Victoria state

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Event

Australian authorities announced that some entry restrictions would be eased to reopen the economy amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Travelers from New Zealand from Wednesday, October 21, will be permitted entry into South Australia State and Victoria State without having to quarantine. New South Wales and the Northern Territory already allow travelers from New Zealand to enter without quarantine requirements.

Social distancing and hygiene measure remain in place throughout Australia and restrictions on public gatherings remain in place. 

As of Wednesday, October 21, there have been 69,409 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia with 925 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). 

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on the skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover the mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the virus.

 

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