Australia halts visas in Ebola plan

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Published: Tuesday 28th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Australia is suspending entry visas for people from Ebola-affected countries in West Africa in an attempt to keep out the disease.

The government is cancelling and refusing non-permanent or temporary visas held by people who are not yet travelling, and new visa applications will not be processed. Permanent visa holders who have yet to arrive in Australia must submit to a 21-day quarantine.

The countries most severely hit by the current outbreak are Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Airport checks have identified more than 800 people who entered Australia from West Africa and who could have been in Ebola-stricken areas, but none has required a hospital visit after arriving.

Immigration minister Scott Morrison told the Australian parliament yesterday that “The government’s systems and processes are working to protect Australians”.

Published: Tuesday 28th October 2014 by The News Editor

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