Australians to be evacuated as coronavirus fears grow

The government also says one million P2 masks are on their way to general practices across the country

The Federal Government will evacuate and quarantine ‘vulnerable’ Australians stranded in the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Chinese province of Hubei, the Prime Minister has announced.


Up to 600 Australians and New Zealanders could be evacuated under a plan requiring them to be quarantined for two weeks at the Christmas Island detention centre, with the support of the Australian Medical Assistance Teams.

The National Security Committee of Cabinet took the decision today, following