The government defends using Christmas Island as coronavirus quarantine zone | ABC News

 

“The government defends using Christmas Island as coronavirus quarantine zone, as preparations continue to evacuate Australians from China. Residents of remote Christmas Island, 1,650 kilometres off the north-west coast of Western Australia, have reacted with surprise their home will soon become “quarantine island”. The Shire President reacted by saying it further labels Christmas Island as a “convict settlement for innocent people, now we’ll be a leper colony”. News that Australians caught up in the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in China will spend two weeks in quarantine on Christmas Island caught many in the 1,400-strong community off guard. Christmas Island Shire President Gordon Thomson has previously been critical of the Federal Government’s decisions regarding the island.”