China says Australia's travel ban is an overreaction

Chinese students studying in global universities have been stuck since the ban on travel started following the coronavirus epidemic

Chinese students studying in global universities have been stuck since the ban on travel started following the coronavirus epidemic

He said the travel advice for Australians regarding China remained "do not travel", but would not be drawn on for how long the ban for entrance to Australia from China would be extended.

Australia's decision to ban people from entering the country from mainland China until at least Feb 22 due to the coronavirus outbreak is causing renewed friction with its largest trading partner.

Global students who had left China and spent at least two weeks in a third country before arriving in the island nation will also be permitted after the 14-day period has elapsed.

"We are very mindful of the disruption and economic impacts of these arrangements, but I note Australia is one of 58 countries that has introduced some form of travel restrictions", Mr Morrison said.

Mr Morrison said he wanted to assure Australians the Government was doing everything in its power to keep them safe and mitigate any possible threats from the virus.

He said Beijing and Shanghai have tightly controlled COVID-19 virus and account for around 33 per cent of airline movements.

Australian citizens and permanent residents will still be able to enter, as will their immediate family members, but they must self-isolate for 14 days from the time they left mainland China.

Chinese students frustrated as Government extends coronavirus ban
Morrison said Australia is one of 58 countries to introduce some sort of travel ban over the ongoing virus fears. The Chinese embassy in Canberra responded on Thursday night to the move.

More than 60,000 people have been infected with the virus around the world, with the death toll now sitting at 1,369.

China's official death toll and infection numbers from a new coronavirus spiked dramatically on Thursday after authorities changed their counting methods, fuelling concern the epidemic is far worse than being reported.

"There has been significant growth in Hubei", Dr Murphy said.

More than 100,000 global students stranded in China have been unable to begin their university classes in Australia this term, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

"We know the decision to extend these restrictions will be hard for many students during what is already a very stressful time", she said.

There are 15 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia, with six of those already recovering.

Universities Australia chief Catriona Jackson said universities will quickly contact their Chinese students to ensure they understand how the extension of travel restrictions affect them and to provide support.

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