Australia has extended its travel ban to Italy as confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the country hit 112, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced at a news conference in Canberra on Wednesday.
The ban, which comes into effect on Wednesday evening in Australia, places foreign passengers from Italy under the same restrictions that have been implemented for travelers from China, South Korea and Iran.
All Australian nationals traveling from Italy will also be subjected to a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon their return, Morrison added.
Morrison also unveiled $2.4 billion Australian dollars ($1.56 billion) in additional health funding to combat the spread of the virus.
Of the total, $100 million Australian dollars ($65 million) will fund a new tele-health service for citizens undergoing home isolation. This service will help those in quarantine receive health consultations via their phone on video such as FaceTime or Skype, Australia's Minister for Health, Greg Hunt added.
Australia's coronavirus patients have been identified in the following states and territories*:
- New South Wales: 60 cases
- Queensland: 15 cases
- South Australia: 6 cases
- Tasmania: 2 cases
- Victoria: 15 cases
- Western Australia: 4 cases
*10 cases in Australia are linked to the Diamond Princess cruise ship.