China travel ban extended for another week

The Morrison Government has extended its ban on visitors and students from China for another week.

Foreign nationals who have been in mainland China will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from the time they left.

“We are very mindful of the disruption and economic impacts of these arrangements, but I note Australia is one of 58 countries that has introduced some form of travel restrictions,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

But China has voiced its opposition to the travel ban extension, calling it an “over-reaction”.

“We express our deep regret and dissatisfaction over the Australian government’s announcement,” a Chinese embassy spokesman said in a statement.

“The World Health Organisation has repeatedly stressed that it does not recommend putting travel and trade restrictions on China.

“Only Australia and a small number of countries have taken such extreme measures which are an over-reaction indeed.

“We urge the Australian side to … respect WHO’s professional recommendations, and lift the restrictions as early as possible.”