Biosecurity law in Australia will restrict movements of coronavirus patients

3 Mar. – Australian attorney-general said on Tuesday that the country will use biosecurity law to restrict the movements of people suspected of having the coronavirus.

In order to avoid the worst case scenario of a widespread outbreak, Attorney-General Christian Porter said the government will expand the use of a little known and rarely applied law that would either designate some places as forbidden to access or confine patients to home detention.

Previously the law enacted in 2015 did not find a great application outside Australia’s agricultural sector. Prime Minister Scott Morrison last week said a pandemic was likely and Australia has moved to try and prevent the virus from reaching its shores.


Warning outside medical centre in Sydney due to outbreak of coronavirus (credits to Maksym Kozlenko)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-australia/australia-to-use-biosecurity-law-to-restrict-movements-of-coronavirus-patients-idUSKBN20Q06W

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