The silence infiltrating the streets of many renowned cities and the darkness enveloping some of the world’s busiest centres, it appears as if the world is nearing the apocalypse. As our mind swirl with the scenes of the world ending movies, our worst possible thoughts linger on the possibility of the human race losing its battle against coronavirus. Despite the disturbing thought, if the idea of beaches and sunny holidays yet makes you reluctant to cancel your abroad travel plans, be prepared to have your aspirations crushed.
The Australian government has moved forward to take matters into its own hands completely as it announced the imposition of the Level 4 travel ban for an indefinite time. As the people entirely embraces the practice of ‘social distancing’, the world appears to be shrouded by the howling chaos. From the song-filled balconies of Italy to the online trading at NYSE, the world has joined a collaborative effort to tackle Covid-19 medically, economically and psychologically.
According to the situation’s report of WHO on 18 March 2019, over 0.19 million cases till date have been reported for Covid-19 globally causing 7807 deaths. As the transmission assumes a deadly form seizing the entire world, the further travel restrictions come as a move towards containing the epidemic.
Source: WHO, as on 18 March 2020
In an effort to curb the turmoil in the country and limit the growing coronavirus cases, the Australian government’s travel ban restricts all foreign travel. PM Scott Morrison also announced the banning of the non-essential gathering of 100 people or more as a serious and escalated response to the growing coronavirus concern.
Australia’s first-ever strict Level 4 restrictions
Mr. Morrison citing the reason for imposing Level 4 travel advice highlighted that Australia faces the most significant risk of infection from the Australians who are returning to their home country from overseas. While they do not consider many countries as a prospective source for the disease, the chances are that Australian natives travelling abroad might be carrying back with themselves infection to the nation.
It is the first time Australia has imposed such strict travel restrictions that limit its citizen from travelling abroad to any other nations. Earlier, the travel restriction was mainly for the Coronavirus-hit countries like China, South Korea, Italy and Iran. It would also mean that travel health insurance would also become void if the Australians failed to comply.
Owing to the pace of transmission and the detrimental nature of the outbreak, many countries have followed the suit of imposing travel restrictions.
Australians Urged to return home
Considering the escalating restrictions by the varying governments across the world, the smart traveller website of the Australian government advised the Australian to return back to Australia. Shedding light on the possibilities of the availability of adequate healthcare and support systems, the site asked the citizen to take the return decision as soon as possible.
Apart from the chances of Covid-19 infection brought by travellers to the country, the complexity surrounding the travel has become extremely complex and unpredictable in the world. While entry or movement restrictions are imposed, the travel could have created issues concerning people’s entry or transit in a foreign country, which may also decide to quarantine the travellers.
Government buckles up for Fighting coronavirus amidst the tumbling economy
As the uncertainty grips the market and the series of restrictions sends conservative waves amidst the people, the majority of the sectors witnessed losses. With the bearish trend dominating most of the world markets, a dark shadow looms over the businesses. S&P/ASX200 fell by around 2380 points from 20 February 2020 to 19 March 2020, showing the drastic downfall of over 33%. Amidst such a worsening economic situation, RBA slashed the cash rate to 0.25% to provide impetus to the economy
The government, in relation to coronavirus, has taken a series of steps to provide necessary health and economic safety spur. Previously, the government announced maintaining enough capacity armed with essential facilities to fight coronavirus in case of the significant outbreak is reported in the country.
As the profits from many of the sectors have spiralled down, the government is pondering over the second round of economic stimulus. The stimulus package of $17.6 billion was unveiled by the government to provide relief to the citizen tormented by the horrid thought of a medical emergency and financial instability.
While Australia along with the rest of the world struggles against the coronavirus, the pace of transmission and the discovery of effective medication in the upcoming time would only decide the fruitfulness of the government endeavours.
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