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Travel ban for Italy, Scott Morrison announces

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A travel ban will be introduced for people coming into Australia from Italy, the Prime Minister announced.

A travel ban will be introduced for people coming into Australia from Italy, the Prime Minister announced.

It came after the death toll in Italy jumped by nearly 100 people last night, as the country grapples with the coronavirus outbreak.

The ban will come into effect from 6pm today.

Venice, Italy

"Italy itself has effectively put itself into lockdown with travel now, and this largely closes that loop," Scott Morrison said at a press conference in Canberra.

"We already had the enhanced screening measures that are in place.

"This, of course, will mean that any Australians, residents or others, who are obviously exempt from those travel bans, would be subject to the same isolation period that applies to the other countries for which there are travel bans."

The travel ban is also in place for China, Iran and South Korea.

A commuter in Iran

Foreign nationals will not be allowed to enter Australia for 14 days from the time they have left those countries.

Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate families will be allowed to enter, but must self-isolate at home.

Yesterday Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced the entire country a ban on public gatherings, including cinemas, weddings, funerals, bars, restaurants and all sporting events.

More than 10,000 Italians have been diagnosed with coronavirus, and the death toll jumped to more than 600 overnight.

Venice, Italy

Chief Health Officer Brendan Murphy urged people not to seek treatment or testing for the coronavirus COVID-19 unless they need it.

"There is no point being tested at the moment if you have not travelled or if you've not been in contact - even if you have flu-like illnesses," Dr Murphy said.

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"You're a returned traveller or you've been in contact with someone who has been a confirmed case, then you should be tested.

"But other Australians do not need testing and all they're doing is putting an unnecessary burden on the testing."

Reggio Emilia, Italy

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Source: 9News

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