The Australian Ban: The Australian ministry has said that Australian citizens travelling home from India could face fines and up to five years in jail. The Health Ministry has said that they made the ruling in respect to the fact of how many Indians were in quarantine right now. It is estimated that there are around 9,000 Australians present in India right now.
This will be the first time ever that Australians are criminalized for returning to their country. A doctor has said that the move by the government is disproportionate to the risk of people returning to Australian land.
USA’s restrictions: The U.S has suspended all incoming travel from India from May 4. The ban will be effective on everyone except U.S citizens, permanent residents, their spouses, humanitarian workers, journalists and students coming in for the fall semester. The ban has been said to be indefinite for now until lifted by President Biden.
Reasoning of the bans: The COVID-19 crisis in India has become increasingly difficult to handle, with exponential growth as cases have crossed 1 million in just the past week, bringing the total number of infections in the country to around 18 million. The death toll of 200,000 is expected to keep growing with no end in sight for the country of 1.3 billion, as the healthcare system continues to crumble and oxygen shortages hinder relief efforts. Over 400,000 cases were recorded in India just yesterday.