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Travel ban issued for South Korea amid coronavirus outbreak

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Travellers from Italy will be subject to additional screenings before being allowed to enter Australia.

Australia has issued a travel ban to the Republic of Korea in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison also announced that travellers coming from Italy will be subject to more rigorous screenings before they are allowed to enter the country.

"I want to be very clear about what those enhanced screening measures involved," Mr Morrison said today.

"Travellers will be asked mandatory questions at check-in and anyone failing those checks will be denied approval to board.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announcing a travel ban to South Korea.

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"If anyone gets sick on board, biosecurity and health will meet the plane and manage those people directly.

"On arrival, travellers will not be able to use the smart gates. They will have to be dealt with directly by an officer. They will be asked further detailed questions.

"They will undergo health screening at the airport which involves temperature checks and associated cheques," he added.

Australians are currently banned from travelling to China, Iran, and South Korea.

"To all Australians, let's get through this together, let's help each other, stay calm, go about business and continue to enjoy the most wonderful country in the world to live and that does not change," Mr Morrison said.

"Under these circumstances, it does not change and we have always worked well together, we have always understood what our responsibilities are and we have always gone about business with common sense and that is what we are known for so let's do that and I am sure I have no doubt that Australians will get through this, we get through everything else."

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The coronavirus continues its race through the country with new cases confirmed in multiple states and territories around Australia today.

There are now more than 50 cases around the country. One of the latest positive tests is a baby in South Australia.

Australians have been warned to steer clear of physical contact such as handshakes, and urged to contact medical authorities if they believe they have been in contact with an infected person.

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Countries with confirmed cases of coronavirus as of March 5.

Coronavirus in Italy

Italy has closed all schools and universities and taken other emergency measures to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Europe's worst-hit country.

The nation's total number of dead rose to 107 on Wednesday with 28 people dying of the highly contagious virus over the previous 24 hours, health officials said.

Education Minister Lucia Azzolina said schools and universities all over the country would be closed from Thursday until at least March 15.

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The number of cases since the outbreak surfaced 13 days ago rose to 3089 from 2502 on Tuesday.

Of those who contracted the disease, about 3.5 per cent had died, said Civil Protection Agency head Angelo Borrelli.

The government adopted a decree to try to slow infections which have been rising by about 500 per day.

Reported with AAP

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-travel-advice-australia-south-korea-travel-ban-italy-screenings/87889354-d73c-4683-a924-63bdf88eed8d

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