Australia’s Peak Medical Body Supports India Travel Ban, But Calls for Removal of Penalties

The president of Australia’s peak medical association has written to the nation’s leaders calling on the government to expedite the repatriation of Australians from India and to remove penalties such as fines or jail time for those who breach the current travel ban. India is grappling with a surge of COVID-19 cases, reporting over 300,000 daily infections over the past 10 days, pushing the total number of cases close to 2 million. While the Australian government has repatriated over 20,000 Australians from India, over 9,000 remain. In the meantime, the government announced a pause on flights from India to Australia until May 15—a 14-day window. Breaches of the ban include penalties such as imprisonment or fines, with a maximum penalty of five years in prison or $66,000, respectively. In a letter to the prime minister and health minister, Dr. Omar Korshid, president of the Australian Medical Association (AMA), said the …
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