CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Australia’s Supreme Court on Friday supported the closure of a state’s border and rejected the argument of billionaire businessman Clive Palmer that the pandemic measure is unconstitutional.
Seven Supreme Court justices have ruled that the closure of Western Australia’s state borders on nonessential travel applies during a time of ‘at risk of plague or disease’ of constitutional compliance. France. All Australian states and territories have used border restrictions to limit infection, and court rulings against Western Australia could affect their pandemic response.
The state closed its borders with the rest of Australia on April 5 and has not recorded any cases of COVID-19 community transmission since April 11.
Western Australia will relax its border policy on November 14 and allow residents from states and territories deemed low risk to enter without quarantine.
The state government argues the measure allows their iron ore mines to maintain production and earn the highest prices in six years while their main rivals in Brazil have been disrupted due to the absence of pandemic. .
Palmer, a mining magnate, sued in May when denied permission to enter the state. His lawyers argued that the border restriction unreasonably violated the constitutional right of Australians to travel freely between states.
Separately, an investigation into quarantine troubles in Melbourne recommended that police guard hotels where foreign tourists return to stay. The Victorian government’s decision to use private security firms instead of the police and the military to enforce quarantine at hotels in Melbourne is believed to be the cause of the lax control leading to the increase of virus increase in Australia’s second largest city. An investigation of that quarantine program was proposed in a temporary “police presence 24/7 at each quarantine facility”.
Among other developments in the Asia-Pacific region:
China has temporarily banned foreigners from entering from at least eight countries as cases of COVID-19 increased in Europe and elsewhere. Non-Chinese people cannot enter Russia, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Philippines, India and Bangladesh, even if they have a valid visa or residence permit for China. Embassies in those countries have in recent days posted online notices of suspension of entry. China has enacted strict measures to prevent new infections from abroad. Health authorities on Friday reported 30 import cases in the most recent 24-hour period, of which 15 were in Shanghai. That has brought the total number of import cases during the pandemic to 3,510 cases.
India has recorded 47,638 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total to 8.4 million. The death toll increased 670 people over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 124,985 on Friday, Health Department data show. India has the second highest deposit rate in the world after the United States. Although the country has seen a steady decrease in the number of cases since mid-September, its capital is seeing an increase in infections. New Delhi recorded nearly 6,700 new COVID-19 infections in the past 24 hours, the second highest one-day spike since the pandemic started.
– United Nations voted to hold the summit on December 3-4 in response to the spread of the coronavirus and its “unprecedented” effects on society, the economy, and commerce. The General Assembly voted 150-0 on the resolution allowing the meeting, although the United States, Israel and Armenia abstained. It will include pre-recorded speeches and a presentation and discussion led by the head of the World Health Organization. National Assembly President Volkan Bozkir called the high-level special session “a historic moment and a test of multilateralism”.
– Thai health authorities on Friday announced the country’s 60th death from COVID-19, a 66-year-old Thai man diagnosed with coronavirus after he returned from the UK . This is the first coronvirus death in Thailand since mid-September. The 58th death occurred more than three months earlier, in early June. The Ministry of Health also announced eight new coronavirus infections, bringing the total since January to 3,818. All new cases are from foreign countries. The man reported on Friday passed away from the UK on October 19 and as a rule for almost all those coming from abroad, was sent straight to a state quarantine center. . He had difficulty breathing on October 20 and tested positive for coronavirus. He died on Thursday.