Australia and New Zealand close their borders to all non-residents

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A very bold move, it's already sending ripples through New Zealand as international students have been left in the lurch.
New Zealands move seems particularly striking given its very low count of the virus - and the fact most of the virus infections from travelers have come through kiwis returning home. Something this reaction cannot stop. It was noted in the domestic media what an utterly unprecedented move this is.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-51957262
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A similar unprecedented move:

Tunisia, Algeria shuts land border in unprecedented move over coronavirus pandemic
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(Original post by Napp)
A very bold move, it's already sending ripples through New Zealand as international students have been left in the lurch.
New Zealands move seems particularly striking given its very low count of the virus - and the fact most of the virus infections from travelers have come through kiwis returning home. Something this reaction cannot stop. It was noted in the domestic media what an utterly unprecedented move this is.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-51957262
Right thing to do. I hope they will quarantine those who are citizens (for 14 days on arrival, no matter where they come from) because otherwise it will be useless.
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Right thing to do. I hope they will quarantine those who are citizens (for 14 days on arrival, no matter where they come from) because otherwise it will be useless.
They did that a few days ago and then backdated it from when the regs came in (at least for government employees) I've found most of my drinking buddies are now in quarantine :lol:
As for the right thing to do, i'm still in two minds about this as whilst it may or may not slim the spread of the bug its going to be catastrophic for the economy here - where tourism makes up a large amount of it - tens of thousands are predicted to be laid off in short order. Plus, people like myself, are now effectively stranded.
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They did that a few days ago and then backdated it from when the regs came in (at least for government employees) I've found most of my drinking buddies are now in quarantine :lol:
As for the right thing to do, i'm still in two minds about this as whilst it may or may not slim the spread of the bug its going to be catastrophic for the economy here - where tourism makes up a large amount of it - tens of thousands are predicted to be laid off in short order. Plus, people like myself, are now effectively stranded.
Well I hope when people look back and compare the statistics of infection in countries who decided early lockdown / border closing vs late, they will see that those who act early will result in few infections / deaths. We'll see.
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Borders = racist.
Australia / NZ govts are racists.
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Borders = racist.
Australia / NZ govts are racists.
Australias might be, New Zealand is run by a bunch of virtue signalling hippies - it would be a stretch to call them racist.
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To,be fair it’s probably quite easy to do that when you run an island mikes away from anyrging else. 😂
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To,be fair it’s probably quite easy to do that when you run an island mikes away from anyrging else. 😂
Indeed, although they seem to be keeping AKL in business by booting tourists out who brake quarantine :lol:
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Indeed, although they seem to be keeping AKL in business by booting tourists out who brake quarantine :lol:
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What happens if yiur break it? I’ve just heard a chap has been arrested on thr Isle of Man for breaking it.
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😂.

What happens if yiur break it? I’ve just heard a chap has been arrested on thr Isle of Man for breaking it.
Arrested and deported :lol:
Some chinese from Hong Kong were recently caught whilst in a scenic helicopter ride, apparently once the pilot found out he promptly flew them to the local ploddies :rofl:
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