Australia Limits Funerals To 10 People


Australia Limits Funerals To 10 People

A maximum of 10 people will be allowed to attend funerals and five to attend weddings in Australia under new curbs in the fight against coronavirus.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison emerged from a cabinet meeting to announce a range of measures aimed at keeping social gatherings to a minimum.

Most overseas travel will be banned and many public spaces will be shut.

The new rules, which take effect at midnight (13:00 GMT) on Wednesday, come after the number of infections jumped.

On Tuesday, Mr Morrison announced the shutdown would be extended to play centres, libraries, museums and a range of other public spaces, ABC reports.

With a few exceptions such as aid workers and compassionate cases, Australians would be banned from foreign travel.

“Stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary that you go out,” the prime minister told citizens.

On Thursday, the Ruby Princess cruise ship docked in Sydney with dozens of undiagnosed coronavirus cases onboard.

Almost 2,700 passengers – some coughing and spluttering – were allowed to leave the ship at Sydney Harbour, catching trains, buses and even overseas flights to get home.

More than 130 people from the cruise have now tested positive, making it the biggest single source of infections in Australia. One passenger died in hospital on Tuesday.

The saga has caused much anger: why was the ship allowed to dock and unload people?

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Passengers have vented their anger over how the situation was handled by ship operator Princess Cruises and Australian authorities.

Elisa McCafferty, an Australian woman who flew home to London with her husband immediately after disembarking, told the BBC: “Nothing was said at anytime about anyone being sick onboard. It was a distinct lack of information coming through from Princess the entire time.”

Australia Limits Funerals To 10 People



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