Scott Morrison has announced a ban on all ‘non-essential travel’ within Australia and vowed to take ‘draconian’ and ‘more severe’ measures to enforce social distancing. The prime minister said Australians would still be able to travel for work-related activities, but said people who had interstate trips planned for the upcoming school holidays should cancel them. Even within states, people should scrap travel which isn’t part of their standard routine, Mr Morrison said. Federal and state leaders will meet again on Sunday evening to discuss stronger measures to deal with local outbreaks, as the amount of confirmed coronavirus cases in Australia rises to 1,285 on Sunday. The discussion comes after thousands of selfish people flocked to Bondi Beach in Sydney’s eastern suburbs to soak up the sun on the weekend. ‘What happened at Bondi Beach yesterday was not okay, and served as a message to federal and state leaders that too many Australians are not taking these issues seriously enough,’ Mr Morrison said. ‘People cannot be cavalier about these things and must take them extremely seriously, because lives and livelihoods are at stake.’ Hundreds of surfers and sunbakers ignored authorities and flocked to Bondi again on Sunday morning, despite the iconic beach… Read full this story
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