Jetsetting Australians will have to wait until at least December 17 to enjoy an overseas holiday after the government extended its coronavirus travel ban.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said the decision was made based on advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee.
‘AHPPC has advised that the international and domestic COVID-19 situation continues to pose an unacceptable public health risk,’ he announced on Thursday.
‘The extension of the emergency period is an appropriate response to that risk.’
‘The human biosecurity emergency declaration ensures the Government has the powers to take any necessary measures to prevent and control COVID-19 and protect the health of all Australians.’
As well as overseas travel, the three month extension also affects ethe entry of cruise ships into Australia and protections for the supply and sale of certain essential goods.
The overseas travel ban has been in place since March 18.
The extension comes on a day where Victoria recorded 113 new cases and 15 deaths.
More to come.