Australia puts its own citizens in 'trouble', thousands of people trapped in India, will get severe punishment on returning
Australia Travel Restrictions From India: Australia has imposed a 'travel ban' on India in the wake of growing cases of Coronavirus. The Australian Government says that citizens who have spent the last 14 days in India cannot return to Australia. Those violating this rule will be prosecuted, sentenced to five years in prison or fined 66,000 Australian dollars. This move of Australia has trapped its own citizens in India. The number of such people is around 9000. By mid-May, the government has banned flights coming from India.
According to the BBC report, one of such people is named Mandeep Sharma, who has two daughters and a wife in Australia. He came to India after his father's demise and was also scheduled to return last week. But can not go now. On Saturday, Australia announced in a threatening tone that anyone who tried to return from India could be imprisoned (Australia Travel Restrictions For Citizens). It will be considered a crime for people trapped in India to reach their homes. This decision has been taken to stop the virus from spreading. Australia currently has a zero infection rate and a total of 910 deaths.
Strict control of the border
This country says that this success has been achieved due to strict control of border and measures like Quarantine. But thousands of Australian citizens are unable to go home. Australia became the first country in March 2020 to close its borders (Australia Travel Restrictions Coronavirus). But its citizens and some others (celebrities, sportspersons and contract workers) were exempt. Then in October 2020, only those passengers who come from virus-free New Zealand were allowed to come. But it was compulsory for everyone to have quarantine in the hotel by paying money in the capital.
Prime Minister said difficult decision
On this decision, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that this decision was difficult but it was also necessary to save the country from the third wave. Australian citizens are also stranded in other countries, who can only come by commercial flights. Whose prices are so high that it becomes out of reach of many people (Australia Travel Restrictions 2021). However, there have also been cases of UK variants in hotels, since which the quarantine methods have been improved and the lockdown has been tightened. Now Australian citizens trapped in India will probably not be allowed to come until the cases in India are reduced.