2020/03/04

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Chinese students ordered to remain in isolation are partying

  


Chinese students who have been ordered to remain in isolation for two weeks before returning to Australia amid the coronavirus crisis have been partying in exotic locations instead. 


Travellers coming from, or transiting through, mainland China have been banned from entering Australia. However, they can get around the ban by spending 14 days in another country where they should be self-isolating.


But international students have been flouting the rules and making the most of the 'quarantine period'. 


A number of students have been spending the two weeks enjoying lavish dinners, buying designer clothing and partying in Dubai or Thailand, The Australian reported.


And the students have even been flaunting their trips online by posting images of their travels. 


They've been funding these trips through cash grants of $7,500 from universities, such as the University of Melbourne, University of Western Sydney and Adelaide University, who have forked out the money to ensure the high-paying students return to their studies. 


Health officials have raised their concerns about the 'self-isolating' rule after a 20-year-old University of Queensland student became unwell despite being quarantined in Dubai. 


The Chinese student became unwell two days after landing in Brisbane on February 23.


It is believed he became infected during his time in isolation and is suspected of mingling with other Chinese students.


The student is currently in a stable condition in isolation in the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.


He was living in the Brisbane suburb of Toowong with a male housemate, who is now being tested for the virus.


Australia government figures show 1,477 students arrived in Australia on Friday and Saturday alone by abusing the loophole.


The global death toll from the disease, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has topped 3,000.


Around 90,000 people were infected as of Tuesday morning, with the number climbing by the hour.


Australian universities have come under fire for encouraging students to exploit a loophole in the country's China travel ban so they can return to their studies.


There are fears it is putting Australians at further risk of the deadly virus.


Western Sydney University told its international students it would put $1,500 towards the cost of airfares and accommodation to allow them to reach Australia 'through a third country'.


Those countries include Thailand, Cambodia, the United Arab Emirates and Japan.



In the e-mail being circulated online this week, the university said the $1,500 payment would be made after arrival in Australia.


'We consider the Australian Government's endorsement of entering Australia through a third country an important development, opening up the opportunity to arrive in time to commence study in Australia,' the e-mail said.


Shortly after the 34th case was announced, Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed Australia is considering travel bans for South Korea and Italy.


Speaking on Tuesday lunchtime, Mr Morrison asked for a reassessment of travel and border control arrangement for higher risk groups in those countries.


Source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk





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