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Australia insists strict travel ban on India is not ‘racist’

A Covid-19 patient who is suffering from breathing difficulty breaths with the help of oxygen mask outside Gurudwara. Source: Sipa USA Naveen Sharma / SOPA Images/Sipa

The Australian government clarified that its decision to impose hefty fines and potential jail term for those returning from India is not a ‘racist’ move.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the government had consulted with the Chief Medical Officer before introducing a fine and five-year jail term for those returning from India. 

Australia’s opposition party and the Indian community have criticised the Australian government’s decision.

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