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Australia What happened at Bondi beach was 'not okay': Govt to crackdown on crowds to stop coronavirus spread

03:50  22 march  2020
03:50  22 march  2020 Source:   skynews.com.au

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“After consulting with premiers and chief ministers overnight, we have decided that we are moving immediately to recommend against all non-essential travel in Australia,” he said. “ What happened at Bondi Beach yesterday was not OK. And served as a message to federal and state leaders that too

Large crowds of people are still flocking to Sydney's beaches despite the coronavirus pandemic. Police in Sydney have closed Bondi Beach after crowds exceeded Australia's outdoor gathering limit. The country has banned outdoor gatherings of more than 500 people in a bid to tackle the spread of

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has warned the government will be forced to enact “draconian measures” to curb the spread of coronavirus as the national cabinet advises all non-essential travel in Australia should be immediately cancelled.

Delivering an update on the government’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, Mr Morrison warned that Australians needed to take social distancing measures more seriously.

“After consulting with premiers and chief ministers overnight, we have decided that we are moving immediately to recommend against all non-essential travel in Australia,” he said.

“What happened at Bondi Beach yesterday was not OK. And served as a message to federal and state leaders that too many Australians are not taking these issues seriously enough.

“So the measures that we will be considering tonight means that state premiers and chief ministers may have to take far more Draconian measures to enforce social distancing particularly in areas of outbreaks than might otherwise be the case.”

Melbourne beaches forced to close to curb virus .
Melbourne’s popular St Kilda beach has been shut down after crowds broke social distancing laws, just a week after people did the same at Bondi in Sydney. Other beaches around the Victoria remain open with the state government warning if people continue to act irresponsibly it won’t hesitate to enforce a blanket ban. Victoria has recorded its biggest rise in coronavirus in a day with 111 new cases, bringing the total to 645.

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