Posted December 29, 2019 05:36:57A number of Australian holiday destinations have come under scrutiny recently, with some residents expressing concerns about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting tourism.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has now launched a national travel advisory, urging Australians to be vigilant, take care when travelling, and to stay informed about the situation.
“Australians should be aware that a number of countries around the world have experienced a surge in travel from Australia,” DFAT said in a statement.
“There is a risk of spreading the coronvirus to other countries, including the US and UK.”
Australia has been targeted by this pandemic, and we have been working closely with our international partners and our local communities to protect our people, businesses and people in these countries from the spread of this deadly virus.
“The warning comes after the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) warned Australians in the past week that they were at higher risk of contracting the coronivirus.
Dr Michael Gove said the warning was a good thing and a good reminder of the importance of vigilance.”
People are not getting the advice they need to be doing the right thing and making sure that they’re taking care of themselves,” he said.”
It’s really important to remind Australians that there is still the possibility that this is a very real possibility, and the public health response needs to be very robust.
“Dr Gove also said it was important for Australians to remember that the coronovirus is a disease that can be treated with drugs, not by surgery.”
The public health message is that this virus is very contagious and it can spread through contact, through coughing, through sneezing, through touching surfaces, through using certain household cleaners, through drinking bleach, through contact with blood, through washing your hands and using gloves,” he told ABC News Breakfast.”
So it can be very contagious, so the only way to prevent it is to be smart and make sure you’re taking the appropriate precautions.
“The DFS warned that Australians should consider having their children vaccinated against the coronacovirus.
The warning also highlights the importance for Australians who travel abroad to have their passports and visas checked.”
If you are travelling overseas and your passport is being held by someone you don’t know, and it’s a foreign country, then you should make sure that the passport is safe and in good condition and then take it to the nearest DFAT office,” Dr Gove explained.”
And if you are returning from abroad, you should be checking your passport and visa.
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