Australian outback fears crush of virus refugees: minister

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Published March 27, 2020, 2:48 PM

By Agence France-Presse 

Vigilantes in some Australian outback towns have reportedly slashed tyres of those fleeing coronavirus hotspots in the big cities, according to a government minister who urged calm on Friday.

Easter is normally prime season for travellers visiting the outback (AFP Photo/TORSTEN BLACKWOOD)

Remote areas in the northeastern state of Queensland are being inundated with travelers — mostly retirees —  trying to escape the highly infectious disease, Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said.

“As the borders are being shut, we are seeing a surge of grey nomads from southern states, and also from southeast Queensland, go to southwest Queensland to hide from the coronavirus,” Littleproud told Seven News.

“Unfortunately this action could turn caravans into the cruise ships of

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