“Now I understand that those who were on board will feel very frustrated about this as well as their family members,” the Prime Minister said.
Mr Morrison said he needed to make it “very clear” that any person who has been on board that ship would not be granted entry to Australia within the next 14 days if they did not take up the quarantine.
“Our first responsibility is that we have to protect the health and safety of Australians in Australia today,” he said.
The evacuees will be housed at the Howard Springs mining camp, 30 kilometres outside Darwin.
They will join more than 200 other evacuees from Wuhan, China, who have been housed at the camp since last week after taking the third evacuation flight out of the centre of the epidemic.