The decision will be reviewed on May 15 on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO).

Threatening a five-year prison sentence or a hefty fine, the Australian government has temporarily barred its citizens from entering the country if they are in India within 14 days of their intended arrival.

The decision was announced after a National Cabinet meeting on Friday and will go into effect from Monday.

The move aims to control the spread of the coronavirus in Australia as India faces an increase in cases of infection.

The decision was based on the proportion of foreign travelers in quarantine in Australia who contracted the infection in India, according to Health Minister Greg Hunt.

“Failure to comply with an emergency decision under the Biosafety Act 2015 may result in a civil sentence of 300 sentence units, five years imprisonment or both,” an official statement from the ministry said. .

The decision will be reviewed on May 15 on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO).

“The CMO will review the epidemiology in India and the likely impacts on Australia’s quarantine capacity, and provide an in-depth assessment of Australia’s public health risk to inform a proportionate response,” he said. -he declares.

The ministry statement said it was important that the integrity of Australia’s public health and quarantine system be protected and that the number of COVID-19 cases in isolation facilities be reduced to a manageable level.

The statement also expressed solidarity with India, saying, “Our hearts are with the Indian people and our Indo-Australian community. Friends and family of Australians are at extreme risk. Australia will also provide India with emergency medical supplies, including more than 1,000 non-invasive ventilators.

Apart from that, he offered to provide a significant number of personal protective equipment (PPE), one million surgical masks, 100,000 surgical gowns, 100,000 glasses, 100,000 pairs of gloves and 20,000 face shields.