Australia is going to utilize a less-popular biosecurity law to narrow the movements of people suspected of having the coronavirus, its attorney-general stated on Tuesday.
The first case of community transmission
On Monday, Australia registered the first community transmission of coronavirus after a doctor contracted it. According to state health officials have the unidentified doctor has no recent history of overseas travels in months and had not provided treatment to any of the other confirmed cases.
Amidst fears of an extensive outbreak, Christian Porter, the Attorney-General stated that the government is going to widen the use of a seldom-used law that would either designate some places as out of bounds or put the patient in home detention.
“Under the biosecurity act, you could have the prevention of movement from persons in and out of particular places,” Porter told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
“You might have a major sporting event where people would be in very, very close proximity to each other and… it might be determined that the risk of transmission at a venue like that was too high.” The law, enacted in 2015, has barely been incorporated outside the agricultural sector of Australia.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week expressed a pandemic was likely and Australia has poised up to try and stop the virus from reaching its shores. Since February 1 Australia has curbed any foreigner from entering directly from China, which is the epicenter of the virus outbreak.
Morrison urges to remain calm
China is the largest trading partner of Australia and the move has prevented thousands of students and tourists from entering Australia.
Some of the Chinese students have traveled to a third country for two weeks, the incubation period for the coronavirus, which completes quarantine restrictions of Australia.
However, authorities declared on Tuesday that one such student, who is a 20-year old Chinese man, has been diagnosed with coronavirus. The unidentified man spent nearly two weeks in Dubai before traveling to Australia. Now the country which suffered from destructive bushfires has 38 cases of coronavirus after New South Wales confirmed four more.
Australia has encountered one death of a 78-year-old man who was a former passenger on the Diamond Princess Cruise ship which was quarantined in Japan.
Focusing on temper fears, Morrison asked fellow Australians to remain calm as some rushed to shops to pile up on supplies including canned foods and toilet paper in case of a pandemic or restrictions on movement.
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