Australia Australians returning from overseas are told to self-isolate for 14 days - or face being fined up to $50,000 or jailed for a year
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A doctor who recently returned from the US and since treated about 70 patients has become Victoria's 11th confirmed coronavirus case, health authorities say.State Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said the GP was confirmed to have the virus last night, six days after returning from overseas.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has warned of the heavy financial penalty that awaits any person who arrives from overseas and does not self-isolate.
From midnight all people coming to Australia will have to self-isolate for 14 days, while cruise ships will be banned from arriving at Australian ports for an initial 30 days.
Ms Palaszczuk said on Sunday that laws were in place to deal with those who fail to follow a direction to self-isolate.
'In relation to legislation around that ... it's under our Public Health Emergency Act,' she said.
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'That bill was passed in early February and there are penalties for not complying with the notification and that is around $13,000,' she said.
'We have random police checks to make sure people are compliant with that notice.'
Each state has varying punishments for breaches of public health orders.
In Western Australia, people who ignore a public health order could be hit with a $50,000 fine and spend up to 12 months behind bars.
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Maximum penalties for breaching public health orders:
NSW - $11,000 fine and six months jail
QLD - $13,345 fine
SA - $25,000 fine
WA - $50,000 and 12 months jail
TAS- $8,400 fine
VIC - $6,600 fine
Under the South Australian Public Health Act, people who refuse to comply with policies could be forced to pay a maximum fine of $25,000.
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In New South Wales, people who breach the public health order can be fined up to $11,000 and face six months behind bars.
Queenslanders that fail to comply with health orders could see fines of up to $13,345 along with other penalties.
In Tasmania, a maximum fine for disobeying rules under the Public Health Act is $8,400.
In Victoria, people could face a fine of up to $6,600.
A NSW Department of Health spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia failure to comply with the Public Health Act is an offence.
'Novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is a scheduled medical condition under the Public Health Act 2010,' the spokesperson said.
'This means cases of COVID-19 must be notified to the Secretary.
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Qantas and Jetstar will give customers a travel credit voucher if they decide to cancel their flights following the coronavirus outbreak. The move applies to new and existing bookings on both domestic and international flights. People with existing bookings until 31 May 2020 can cancel their flights and redeem a travel credit voucher of the same price. However, it needs to be processed by March 31.
'In addition, a public health order can be made in relation to a person with COVID-19 or a person who has come into contact with COVID-19. A public health order can require a person to undergo treatment, notify contacts or order a person to be detained.
'It is an offence to fail to comply with a public health order.'
A spokesperson for the Victorian Department of Health said: 'We have been clear that some extreme measures will need to be taken to protect public health.
'None of these decisions will be taken lightly and must be proportionate to the threat.'
The warning came as Queensland had its biggest single-day jump in coronavirus cases, taking the number of people detected with the COVID-19 to 61.
There were 15 people confirmed on Sunday as having contracted the viris.
People were also being discouraged from kissing, hugging or even shaking hands.
'We are asking Queenslanders, when you are out and about no handshaking ... and no kissing or hugging in public. Let's all minimise the risk,' the premier said.
Queensland's chief health officer warned that now may not be the time for children to visit their grandparents.
'I implore people if you have parents ... or grandparents in that older age group think about how you can help them. Maybe it's not the time for your young kids to see their grandparents,' she said.
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces all foreigners will be banned from entering Australia from tomorrow night. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced the enhanced border measures in response to the coronavirus outbreak.It applies to all non-citizens and non-residents.Australians will still be able to return from overseas but they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days.The Government had previously banned foreign nationals from coming to Australia from China, Iran, Italy and South Korea.
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