Scott Morrison says he won’t put in danger Australians’ almost coronavirus-free way of life.
Australia is in no hurry to reopen its worldwide borders and threat the nation’s almost coronavirus-free way of life, Prime Minister Scott Morrison mentioned on Sunday.
Australia closed its borders to all non-citizens and non-residents in March 2020 and has been allowing solely restricted worldwide arrivals in current months, primarily its residents getting back from overseas.
The border closure, along with snap lockdowns, swift contact monitoring and excessive neighborhood compliance with well being measures, have made Australia one of many world’s most profitable international locations in curbing the pandemic, limiting coronavirus circumstances to underneath 29,500 infections and 910 deaths.
“Australia is in no hurry to open these borders, I guarantee you,” Morrison mentioned at a televised briefing.
“I cannot be placing in danger the best way we live on this nation which is so completely different to the remainder of the world right this moment.”
For months now, aside from some brief snap lockdowns, Australians have been in a position to dine out, collect almost freely and cease carrying face masks in most locations.
They exchanged their worldwide forays for native journeys, with authorities figures displaying huge annual will increase in intra-state journey within the first months of 2021.
From Monday, Australians and neighbouring New Zealanders will be capable of journey between each international locations with out the necessity to apply for an exemption or spend time in obligatory quarantine.
New Zealand has had solely 2,239 confirmed coronavirus circumstances and 26 associated deaths.
Morrison flagged on Sunday that vaccinated Australians might be capable of journey abroad “for important functions” and return through dwelling quarantine within the second half of the 12 months, however that chance is barely in “planning levels”.
Australia not too long ago deserted a aim to vaccinate almost all of its 26 million inhabitants by the top of 2021 following recommendation that folks underneath the age of fifty take Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine fairly than AstraZeneca’s shot.