Around 80 percent of COVID-19 cases in Australia imported, mostly from US: Australian PM

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CCTV+BATIE GHAR (巴铁之家)Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison claimed on Friday that around 80 percent of Australian novel coronavirus infections came from those who caught disease overseas or were in contact with someone who returned from abroad.

“The overwhelming proportion of cases in Australia have been imported,” Morrison told the press on Friday.

While in an interview with 2GB on the same day, he gave further details by claiming that the U.S. is the country of origin for most of the coronavirus cases in Australia.

The prime minister said, “The country which has actually been responsible for a large amount of these (coronavirus cases) has actually been the United States,” attributing the large amount of import to U.S.’ failure of conducting adequate numbers of tests, which suggested that the U.S. may have many more infections in recent weeks than had been announced.

“I don’t think there’s any suggestion that any country, including China, has done anything deliberately,” Morrison was quoted as saying.

Report from the Australian Government Department of Health revealed that a third of the infections were traced back to travelers from the U.S.

According to the Australian Government Department of Health, as of 06:30 Sunday local time, there had been a total of 1,098 confirmed COVID-19 cases and seven deaths from the disease.

Now New South Wales has 469 COVID-19 cases, taking up the largest proportion of the whole number.

Official statistics show that over 127,000 people in Australia received tests for novel coronavirus infection.

The Morrison government earlier estimated that up to 150,000 Australians could die from the coronavirus under a worst case scenario.

Earlier this week, Morrison announced a ban on nonessential gatherings of 100 or more people in the country, but exempted schools, universities, shops, health services and public transport.

It closed its border on Friday to foreigners exempting Australian citizens and permanent residents in a bid to contain coronavirus, and those allowed in still need to self-isolate for 14 days.

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