Australia bans travel from Ebola-hit West Africa

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison announced the county would refuse entry to anyone traveling from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, a drastic move to protect the nation from Ebola.Australia has taken a dramatic step to protect itself from Ebola: a travel ban.

The government announced Tuesday it would refuse entry to anyone traveling from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leona.

Under the severe protocol, Australia will not issue new visas and will cancel temporary ones. Those with permanent visas will be allowed to fly only after a 21-day quarantine in Africa, CNN reported.

Travelers who are allowed to eventually head to Australia will face even more tests and checkups once they land.

Australia has also suspended its West African immigration and humanitarian programs, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said Monday.

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Australia has not had a single case of Ebola.

Previously, Prime Minister Tony Abbott refused to send Australian medical teams to help battle the outbreak on the ground.

Australia has not had a single case of Ebola.

There have been more than 10,000 cases — and more than 4,900 deaths — since the March onset of the 2014 Ebola outbreak. All but 27 of those have been in West Africa.

Three other African countries have reported a handful of cases. Mali and Senegal had one patient each and Nigeria has seen 20 cases. Spain has had a single Ebola patient, and the U.S. has diagnosed four.

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