Australia bans travellers from South Korea in bid to slow COVID-19

Australia bans travellers from South Korea in bid to slow COVID-19

FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks walk by Flinders Street Station after cases of the coronaviru
FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks walk by Flinders Street Station after cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, January 29, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo

SYDNEY: Australia will ban the arrival of foreigners from South Korea and conduct enhanced screenings of travellers from Italy to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday (Mar 5).

Morrison said Australia will also extend the travel ban on foreigners arriving from mainland China and Iran.

"It affords the best protection and enables us to slow down the rate of transmission," Morrison told reporters in Canberra.

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Australia currently has 43 coronavirus infections, and two deaths linked to the virus. 

On Thursday, South Korea reported 438 more COVID-19 cases, bringing the country's total to 5,766. It also recorded three more deaths from the disease, bringing the total to 35.

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Source: Agencies/aa

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