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Covid-19: Indigenous Australian group blocks Uluru access route over pandemic fears

Australia has closed the nationwide park house to its revered indigenous website of Uluru after some in the neighborhood blocked an access route for concern that guests may carry in coronavirus infections.

The nation is battling a brand new wave of the lethal virus, with southeastern Victoria state reeling from a whole lot of infections, whereas Indigenous Australians are seen at larger danger as they undergo a better incidence of different health woes.

“It’s up to tourists to stay away if they come from hotspots or are sick,” Thalia Bohl-Van Den Boogaard, the consultant of a group of Indigenous Australians protesting towards the visits, advised Reuters by phone.

FILE PHOTO: A view of Uluru, formerly known as Ayers Rock, near Yulara, Australia, October 25, 2019.

FILE PHOTO: A view of Uluru, previously referred to as Ayers Rock, close to Yulara, Australia, October 25, 2019.
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A couple of protesters from the indigenous group stood on the principle entrance highway to the park on Tuesday, down from the day past’s numbers of between 30 and 40 that had turned away vacationers earlier than the attraction closed, she said.

The group was involved by the arrival in a close-by city of 39 folks from the northeastern city of Brisbane, a declared virus hotspot, said Bohl-Van Den Boogaard, the chief government of the Mutitjulu Community Aboriginal Corporation.

“People here have been locked in their communities for months and months to contain the spread, and now it’s not up to them to do the right thing,” she added, urging guests to keep away.

People block entry to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, home to Australia's revered indigenous site of Uluru, to visitors from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) hotspots, in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia August 3, 2020. Picture taken August 3, 2020.

People block entry to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, house to Australia’s revered indigenous website of Uluru, to guests from the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) hotspots, in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia August 3, 2020. Picture taken August 3, 2020.
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About 350 vacationers have visited the park following July’s re-opening of the state’s borders since closure in March in the course of the first wave of the pandemic, Bohl-Van Den Boogaard said.

Parks Australia, the state-run supervisor of heritage estates and nature websites, said it was working as a part of a “collective response” to minimise the chance of contagion.

“At the request of the Mutitjulu Community Aboriginal Corporation, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park will be closed,” a spokesman advised the Australian Broadcasting Corp on Monday.

People block entry to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, home to Australia's revered indigenous site of Uluru, to visitors from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) hotspots, in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia August 3, 2020.

People block entry to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, house to Australia’s revered indigenous website of Uluru, to guests from the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) hotspots, in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Australia August 3, 2020.
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The UNESCO World Heritage-listed 348-m (1,142-ft) monolith, previously referred to as Ayers Rock, the place climbing was banned last year, is closed to sightseers.

An agency spokeswoman said the park would keep closed throughout discussions with the group and Northern Territory officers to ramp up health screening and testing on the native airport and Yulara, the city the Brisbane group visited.

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