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Aust eases travel ban, virus cases increase | The Canberra Times

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Australia is easing travel restrictions for students from schools blocked in China, as three more coronavirus cases have been confirmed among cruise ship passengers evacuated from Japan. About 760 11 and 12 year old students enrolled in Australian schools will be able to apply to return to the country as long as they are not ill, provided they do not come from the province of Hubei at the center of the epidemic. States and territories will still have the final say on whether to return students. Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan said it was important to bring some “normalcy” back to the international student market. A similar relaxation of travel restrictions will be considered for college students this week, but no decision has been made yet. “No decision has been made regarding international tertiary students and no decision will be made until we have received the relevant medical advice,” said Tehan. Seven cases of coronavirus have now been confirmed among Australian residents evacuated to the Northern Territory by the Diamond Princess bailing off the coast of Japan. Two people from Victoria and a woman from Queensland tested positive for the infection on Saturday and will be repatriated to their home health system. The 57-year-old woman has a mild illness and will remain isolated overnight in the evacuation center before being transported to Queensland tomorrow in a specialized medical recovery plane. Two 54- and 55-year-old Queensland women who tested positive on Friday evening were taken to hospital for further treatment. A 78-year-old man from Western Australia was transferred to Sir Charles Gairdner hospital in Perth on Friday, while a 24-year-old woman from southern Australia was transferred to Royal Adelaide Hospital. “This reaffirms the decision we made not only to conduct an airlift (from the cruise ship) but to ensure that these people were supervised in quarantine in a separate area within the Howard Springs facility,” he told reporters. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt. It brings the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country to 22, including 10 people who have recovered from the disease. Health authorities have declared coronavirus contained in the Australian general community. “More generally … the advice we have received is that COVID19 has been contained in Australia without new cases in the general population in the past week,” said Hunt. More than 77,617 disease cases have been confirmed worldwide, with 2356 deaths. It comes as the first batch of Australians evacuated from Wuhan to Darwin prepare to leave the quarantine at Howard Springs camp on Sunday. Australian Associated Press


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