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Australia extends human biosecurity emergency period

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Australia’s Governor-General David Hurley made the announcement Thursday
The human biosecurity emergency in place since March 18, 2020, to protect Australians during the COVID-19 pandemic will continue until September 17. 

The extension, declared by the governor-general on Thursday, follows specialist medical and epidemiological advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, comprised of all state and territory chief health officers and chaired by the Australian chief medical officer. 

Unacceptable risk

The AHPPC advised that the international COVID-19 situation continues to pose an unacceptable risk to public health.

The restrictions on outbound international travel and the entry of foreign-flagged cruise ships within Australian territories earlier had been extended to June 17.

Ongoing consultation 

A statement from Health Minister Greg Hunt said the government continues to consult with the states and territories and the marine industry on options for the staged resumption of cruising when the medical advice is that it is safe to do so.

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