/ 05 May 2021

Heads butt over Indian travel ban

PM Scott Morrison yesterday continued to defend the ban on travellers from COVID-ravaged India as criticism mounted from medical and human rights groups. The ban, which is in place until 15 May, would see those who breach it handed hefty fines and possible jail time. But Morrison says the likelihood of anyone being charged or fined is “pretty much zero”. The Human Rights Law Centre says it is “actively considering” mounting a legal challenge. And Australian Medical Association President Dr Omar Khorshid has requested that the Government bring the most vulnerable Aussies home and improve Australia’s quarantine system. India has surpassed 20 million COVID cases since the pandemic began after more than 350,000 new cases were reported yesterday. Last night, the Indian Premier League – the world’s richest cricket comp – was suspended with several players testing positive in recent days.

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