Australian authorities issued a warning for its citizens of being sentenced to 5 years in jail or hefty fines if they return back home and that country happens to be India within last 14 days from the intended arrival.
The decision was taken in a meeting with the National Cabinet on Friday and it comes in effect from 3rd may 2021 till 15th May 2021, after which the decision will be reviewed depending upon the situation in India.
The decision is mainly taken to keep Australia and Australians out of Covid-19 trouble which India is witnessing a record surge, while Australia has been successfull in controlling the covid surge in the country and has been among the top countries in world in keeping lives of their citizens more like the pre-covid times.
“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,” an official statement from the ministry said.The decision will be revised on May 15 following advice from the chief medical officer (CMO).“The CMO will consider the epidemiology in India and likely impacts on Australia’s quarantine capacity, and provide a further expert assessment of the public health risk to Australia to inform a proportionate response,” it said.
Our hearts go out to the people of India and our Indian-Australian community. The friends and family of those in Australia are in extreme risk.” said the officials while in solidarity with India amid the crisis.
Meanwhile, Australia has also promised to provide India with media supplies and equipments including 1000 ventilators.