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Coronavirus Live Updates: Australia Tells Citizens Do Not Travel Abroad

The novel coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, and the disease it causes, COVID-19, has spread to more than 100 countries and territories around the world, killing thousands.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison
Prime Minister Scott Morrison
Prime Minister Scott Morrison attends the meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Sydney, Australia, on March 13, 2020. (Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

Australia Tells Citizens Do Not Travel Abroad

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said that all Australians should not travel abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic, as the Australian government is updating the travel advisory to level 4, which is “do not travel,” for the entire world—the first time ever ban like this for the country.

Morrison noted that the ban is indefinite and that other countries appear to be putting up similar travel restrictions.

“We are upgrading the travel ban on Australians to level four for the entire world. That is the first time that has ever happened in Australias history,” Morrison said at a news conference Wednesday morning. “The travel advice to every Australian is Do not travel abroad. Do not go overseas. That is very clear, that instruction.”

“Regardless of your destination, age or health, our advice is do not travel at this time,” the advice on the Smart Traveller website says. “As more countries close their borders or introduce travel restrictions, overseas travel is becoming more complex and difficult.”

Morrison also announced that non-essential indoor gatherings will be limited to 100 people, effective immediately on Wednesday.

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