Chief Medical Officer feared Australians could die overseas but still requested India travel ban

As Spock would say “Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”

Travel restrictions and strict quarantine (even though not perfect) are the only things that have saved Australia so far. Applying these measures strictly ensure that we don’t experience what other countries are or have experienced. So is it justified? Logic says yes.

Remember when the first few Australians were returning from Wuhan, China and they were sent to the offshore detention centres. That was a safety measure deemed necessary at the time. Subsequently, the onshore and hotel detention centre has largely worked, but there have been occasional outbreak concerns. Still, necessary to avoid local transmissions. Considering there’s already been one case of infection, which is one too many, a travel ban on India doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.

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Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly conceded Australians could die overseas in a letter asking Health Minister Greg Hunt to make travelling from India an offence.