01 February 2020 – Do not travel’ warning for China, 14-day isolation for arrivals from China

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Health, Immigration
Intervention Categories: International travel measures
Level of Jurisdiction: Federal
Lead People/Agency: Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, Communicable Diseases Network Australia, National Security Committee, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Overview: Do not travel’ warning for mainland China, required 14-day isolation for arrivals from China. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has advised Australians not to travel to China due to the “escalating threat” of the virus, while asking those who have returned from the country to self-isolate for 14 days.Mr Morrison said Australia’s chief medical officers had recommended the implementation of additional border measures, which would deny entry to Australia for people who have left or transited through mainland China from February 1.
Full details here: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/press-conference-sydney-nsw-3

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Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Perception of an increased threat to the country
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, National – government
Evidence/Justification: The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), on the advice of the Communicable Diseases Network Australia (CDNA), has considered the changes in epidemiology of novel coronavirus in China. AHPPC noted the increasing (but still relatively small) number of cases in provinces outside Hubei Province and the now resulting increased risk posed from travellers from all of mainland China.