The Chinese embassy says it was blindsided by the Morrison government’s decision to close its borders and leave citizens in limbo, as it pushes Australia for compensation for travellers and students affected by the coronavirus lockdown. The intervention comes as the first Australian evacuees reveal the quarantine conditions on Christmas Island and two more emergency flights prepare to take hundreds of Australian residents out of the middle of the coronavirus crisis. The Australian government this week moved to immediately deny foreign travellers entry to Australia who have left or passed through mainland China in an effort to contain the spread of the deadly coronavirus, which has rattled markets and forced Hong Kong to close all but three borders with the mainland. The death toll from the flu-like disease has risen to 426, while 646 patients have now recovered. As of Tuesday, there were are 20,588 confirmed cases world-wide, including […]