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Backpackers seen flouting social distancing measures angering locals

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Tensions between locals and overseas visitors are rising after backpackers were seen flouting social distancing measures.

Tensions between locals and overseas visitors are rising after backpackers were seen flouting social distancing measures.

Backpackers blatantly ignoring coronavirus self-distancing restrictions could be seen in a concerning video filmed by a man in Sydney.

The group stands huddled together beside a city hostel, then wave and jeer at the man as he films.

Travellers have already been the target of warnings from NSW Health, who told doctors working at the Bondi popup coronavirus testing clinic to be wary of "infected backpackers" in the popular tourist hotspot in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

The clinic was set up to following multiple reports of people ignoring social distancing rules in previous weeks.

Yesterday Scott Morrison warned foreign travellers to go home, saying the window for opportunity to get on a flight out of the country was closing fast.

"For those backpackers in Australia who are nurses or doctors, or have other critical skills that can really help us during this crisis, then there will be opportunities for them," he said.

"But our focus and our priority is on supporting Australians and Australian residents with the economic supports that are available."

"As much as it's lovely to have visitors to Australia in good times, at times like this, if you are a visitor in this country, it is time … to make your way home."

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-sydney-backpackers-seen-flouting-social-distancing-measures-angering-locals/b72e162e-f6df-4bf8-a2ec-eff1d1dacc70

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