Scott Morrison is expected to announce the fate of the Aussies stranded in India tomorrow, as the stranded Aussies takes Health Minister Greg Hunt to court.
The Morrison government’s strict line ban on Australians returning from India will be lifted next week and repatriation flights are set to resume again.
It is understood Mr. Morrison will announce the lifting of the ban tomorrow after the Cabinet’s National Security Committee signed off it on, the ABC reported.
The change in approach comes as India set another COVID-19 record with more than 412,000 new cases in the last 24 hours and 4,000 deaths.
The situation in India going really worse there due to Covid-19. The people of India struggling with their life as there is a lack of oxygen and their poor health system.
About 9,000 Australians are stranded in COVID-infected countries, 900 of whom are listed as vulnerable.
All Australians returning from India will be quarantined at the Howard Springs facility in the Northern Territory.
It comes as Australian nationals stranded in India have launched legal challenges against the federal government’s travel ban.
Gary Newman, an Australian currently living in India, has filed a lawsuit against Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt, which is now in federal court.
According to his lawyer, Christopher Wood SC, Mr. Newman wishes to return to Australia as soon as possible but is currently disabled due to the government’s current travel ban, which is set for review on May 15.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has quashed growing fears of possible consequences with India following the government’s ban on the return of Australians from the COVID-infected nation.
Mr. Morrison said on Wednesday that “India is a great friend of Australia,” adding that he was “not concerned” about the health of the relationship.
Under current federal law, Australians who return before May 15 will face jail time and significant amounts of fines.
The travel ban will be reviewed and will likely be lifted by May 15.