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Christmas Island: Island in the Indian Ocean
The Territory of Christmas Island is an Australian external territory comprising the island of the same name. Christmas Island is located in the Indian Ocean, around 350 kilometres (220 mi) south of Java and Sumatra and around 1,550 kilometres (960 mi) north-west of the closest point on the Australian mainland. It has an area of 135 square kilometres (52 sq mi).

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The Biloela Tamil family say Christmas Island detention staff are ignoring coronavirus protection measures

The family and their lawyer have told SBS News they're worried about exposure to COVID-19 amid claims staff at the immigration detention centre are not self-isolating when they arrive from the mainland..
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Minister's adviser gives 'weak' evidence on Tamil family, court hears

Immigration Minister David Coleman's senior adviser has told the Federal Court he can't recall conversations or briefings about the Tamil asylum-seeker family on Christmas Island fighting deportation.
The Age - Published

Making a virtue of Christmas Island - the evacuation that did us proud

It was controversial to force Australians into quarantine on a remote island, but the nation demonstrated the humane way to manage an emergency.
The Age - Published

Emotional scenes as first round of Australians quarantined on Christmas Island arrive home

Most of the Australians quarantined on Christmas Island because of the deadly coronavirus are home, as those stuck on a cruise ship in Japan prepare to evacuate.
SBS - Published

'Happy to be home': Australians quarantined on Christmas Island return to Sydney

After being evacuated from Wuhan and spending two weeks in quarantine, the 96 Sydney-based Australian citizens and permanent residents are finally home.
The Age - Published

Coronavirus: Christmas Island evacuees set to come home shortly

More than 200 Australians are due to fly home from Christmas Island after being quarantined on the former detention centre because of the coronavirus.
SBS - Published

Tests clear Australians on Christmas Island of coronavirus

The first virus evacuees on Christmas Island will return home on Monday with a second group leaving on Wednesday pending any final tests for the disease.
SBS - Published

It's half way through the quarantine period for evacuees at Christmas Island, how are they faring?

It’s been one week since the first evacuees from Wuhan arrived on Christmas Island. Here’s what the first 7 days under quarantine have been like.
SBS - Published

Coronavirus case suspected inside Christmas Island detention centre

A quarantined person inside the Christmas Island detention centre has been isolated amid concerns they may have contracted the coronavirus.
SBS - Published

Coronavirus outbreak: Girl on Christmas Island returns negative test

A young girl suspected to have contracted coronavirus on Christmas Island has returned a negative test.
The Age - Published

Sydney solution for coronavirus evacuees spurned in favour of Christmas Island

Australians fleeing the coronavirus in China could have been screened by medical personnel at the Richmond RAAF base.
The Age - Published

Authorities call for calm as child tested for coronavirus on Christmas Island

A young Australian girl quarantined on Christmas Island has been tested for coronavirus, but authorities say it is 'not a serious illness at this stage'.
SBS - Published

Authorities call for calm as child quarantined on Christmas Island tested for coronavirus

A young Australian quarantined on Christmas Island has been tested for coronavirus, authorities have confirmed.
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This is what it is like to be quarantined on Christmas Island

Evacuees taken to Christmas Island - a former detention centre for asylum seekers - have been given sunscreen, sandals and shorts. They also have video games.
SBS - Published

Second group of Australians evacuated from Wuhan arrive on Christmas Island

The second group of stranded Australians has landed on Christmas Island after a long journey from Wuhan, via New Zealand.
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More evacuees to reach Christmas Island, as 14th Australian case of coronavirus confirmed

A second group of 35 stranded Australians is expected to land on Christmas Island after flying out of Wuhan.
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More evacuees to reach Christmas Island

A second group of 35 stranded Australians is expected to land on Christmas Island after flying out of Wuhan.
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Virus 'ruining' Christmas Island tourism

The placement of Australian evacuees on Christmas Island will have a "ruinous" effect on the island's tourism industry, the shire president says.
SBS - Published

Queensland boy diagnosed with coronavirus as more Wuhan evacuees heading to Christmas Island

An eight-year-old boy travelling in Australia has the coronavirus, taking the infection rate to 13 people, as the government gets ready for more evacuees.
SBS - Published

Australians to join New Zealand flight from Wuhan

More Australians seeking to leave the coronavirus centre of Wuhan are believed to be on their way to Christmas Island after joining an Air New Zealand flight.
SBS - Published

Australia eyes second flight from Wuhan as evacuees arrive on Christmas Island

Australia may arrange a second flight out of China's Wuhan city after a first plane load of evacuees arrived in the Indian Ocean territory of Christmas Island, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on..
Reuters - Published

Coronavirus evacuees on Christmas Island 'not showing any signs of illness'

The first Australians evacuated from the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China, have not shown any signs of illness.
SBS - Published

Plane carrying first Australian coronavirus evacuees touches down on Christmas Island

Plane transporting Australian coronavirus evacuees from China has arrived on Christmas Island. Elderly passengers and young children were seen getting off the plane. Medical staff were assisting..
SBS - Published

Plane touches down on Christmas Island


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Perth hospitals on standby for any sick Australians on flight from Wuhan

Two hospitals in Perth are on standby to receive any passengers who fall ill while travelling from China en route to Christmas Island.
SBS - Published

Australians stuck in Wuhan prepare to be airlifted to Christmas Island

The Australian nationals stranded in the epicentre of the coronavirus are expected to depart Wuhan for Christmas Island on Monday.
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Australians in Wuhan await news on evacuation from coronavirus epicentre

Chinese officials have not signed off on the federal government's plan to evacuate Australians from Wuhan into quarantine on Christmas Island.
SBS - Published

Australians in Wuhan await news on flight

Chinese officials have not signed off on the federal government's plan to evacuate Australians from Wuhan into quarantine on Christmas Island.
SBS - Published

Staying in Wuhan more risky than 14 days on Christmas Island

Understandably, the thought of being quarantined in a detention centre is off-putting, but the consequences of staying in Wuhan are far more serious.
The Age - Published

Medicos are preparing Christmas Island to be coronavirus quarantine zone

Australia's disaster response medical team is turning Christmas Island detention centre into a coronavirus quarantine zone for when citizens arrive from China.
SBS - Published

Medicos prep Christmas Island for airlift

Australia's disaster response medical team is turning Christmas Island detention centre into a coronavirus quarantine zone for when citizens arrive from China.
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Medical teams prepare for Christmas Island as coronavirus death toll reaches 170

Two Australians in China are among the 7000 confirmed cases of the disease.
The Age - Published

Peter Dutton defends Christmas Island coronavirus plan amid calls for more ‘humane’ solution

Peter Dutton has defended the plan to transfer Australians from China to quarantine facilities on Christmas Island.
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Anxious Australian families stuck in Wuhan await details of evacuation to Christmas Island

Families with young children trapped in Wuhan say they are worried about being evacuated to Christmas Island.
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Families stuck in Wuhan express 'surprise' at Christmas Island decision

Families with young children trapped in Wuhan say they are worried about being evacuated to Christmas Island.
SBS - Published

Advocates demand Tamil family be removed from Christmas Island before Wuhan evacuees arrive

Australians in the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak are set to be evacuated to a "quarantine zone" on Christmas Island. But a family of four is already being held there.
SBS - Published

'We'll be a leper colony': Australians stranded in Wuhan to be evacuated to Christmas Island

Scott Morrison has announced some of the 600 Australians stuck in the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak will be evacuated.
SBS - Published

Australia to help some citizens leave China, quarantine them on Christmas Island

Australia will help some citizens leave Hubei province in China, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, and quarantine them on Christmas Island, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday..
Reuters - Published

Four-year-old Christmas Island detainee to be escorted to first day of school by armed guards

The eldest daughter of the Tamil family currently detained on Christmas Island will attend her first day of school on Monday as the court case aiming to stop their deportation continues.
SBS - Published




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