New Aust measures against coronavirus

Heather McNab

NEW MEASURES TO PREVENT CORONAVIRUS SPREAD:

* Foreign travellers who have left or passed through mainland China will be denied entry to Australia as officials try to contain the coronavirus.

* They will not be allowed enter Australia for 14 days from the time they depart or transited through the Asian superpower.

* Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family, dependents, legal guardians and spouses, will be excepted from the strict measures.

* This extends to airline staff who have used personal protective gear.

* The temporary measure start Saturday and will be reviewed in a fortnight.

* Advanced screening and reception arrangements will also be put in place at major airports.

* Australians and exempt individuals arriving out of mainland China, not just the Hubei province, are required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days from the time they leave the country.

*Thermometers and half a million masks will be provided to airports for those coming off flights and those who are interacting these people.

* Travel advice for Australians for all of mainland China has been raised to level four, "do not travel".

* "If you are currently in China, leave as soon as possible by commercial means. Many airlines have temporarily reduced or stopped flights," Smart Traveller says on its website.

* Qantas will halt its two direct services to mainland China, saying entry restrictions imposed the United States, Singapore and other countries will impact crews working across the airline's international network.