March 19, 2020 / 5:17 AM / 16 days ago

Australia bans non-residents from entering country on coronavirus fears

SYDNEY, March 19 (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday all non-citizens and non-residents would be banned from entering the country from 9 pm (1000 GMT) Friday.

“The overwhelming proportion of cases in Australia have been imported.,” Morrison told a televised briefing in Canberra.

Australia has recorded around 600 coronavirus infections and six deaths, a relatively small number compared to other countries, but officials are growing increasingly concerned about the prospect of a rapid spike in cases. (Reporting by Swati Pandey and Colin Packham; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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