You mean there is a way to allow American citizens to travel to and from plague-stricken lands? While protecting the rest of us from potential infection?
Australia came under fire on Tuesday from health experts and rights advocates after it issued a blanket ban on visas from West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak, making it the first rich nation to shut its doors to the region.
Australia has not recorded a case of Ebola despite a number of scares, and conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott has so far resisted repeated requests to send medical personnel to help battle the outbreak on the ground.
The decision to refuse entry for anyone from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, while touted by the government as a necessary safety precaution, was criticized by experts and advocates as politically motivated and shortsighted.
“The government has strong controls for the entry of persons to Australia under our immigration program from West Africa,” Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told parliament on Monday.
“These measures include temporarily suspending our immigration programe, including our humanitarian program from Ebola-affected countries, and this means we are not processing any application from these affected countries.”
All non-permanent or temporary visas were being cancelled and permanent visa holders who had not yet arrived in Australia will be required to submit to a 21-day quarantine period, he added.
Maybe it’s an overreaction, but how many infections/deaths do you need before it’s not? Shouldn’t Australia be praised for doing this before a single case, and not after an epidemic has begun? What “rights”
do Guineans have in Australia?
Is America’s protocol (whatever protocol rules on any given day) really better? Thomas Eric Duncan lied repeatedly to get here. Who wouldn’t? Let he who is without fever cast the first stone.