At the national level, they want to open up, while the leaders of those parts of the country that are not infected with infection want to persist in closed borders – between states and other countries.
Finance Minister Josh Frydenberg said: “We could end up in a ridiculous situation where someone in NSW could travel to Canada before they could go to Cairns, or someone in Victoria could travel to Singapore or Bali before they could go to Cairns. Going to Perth. The two are about differences.between being able to cross internal and external borders.
Strict border controls, extensive testing and strict restrictions have helped Australia keep the spread of the virus at a very low level. Until June of this year.
Admittedly, people are now living almost without infection and with few restrictions in large parts of the country. But nearly half of the country’s 25 million residents are in strict lockdown as the major cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra have been shut down due to the spread of the delta variable. In-country travel is limited because states and territories that do not spread infection are keen to keep the delta variant at bay.
At the same time, relatively few Australians have been fully vaccinated, and at the time of writing about 30 percent of adults have received two doses.
From the slogan “Zero COVID-19”, the federal authorities have now changed their strategy to “Coexist with COVID-19”. National guidelines for getting out of the restrictions have been provided.
The country’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison says, among other things, that the country will open its doors again when 80 percent of all adults are fully vaccinated, and that they will then be able to count on further spread of the infection. There is also a plan to open to international visitors.
Something that was received with mixed enthusiasm among local leaders and sparked interstate disputes at state leaders’ daily press conferences.
Western Australian leader Mark McGowan responded with “complete insanity”, who declined to say when she might consider opening its borders.
Attorney Daniel Estrin says: Sydney Morning Herald That in Western Australia it could end up with a situation where the federal authorities decide to open the door to international visitors, but those are then denied entry to the state and forced to stay at airports.
The medical profession is very important
And leaders in Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania – all with minimal infections – have also questioned plans to open up. They are supported by the AMA Medical Profession.
“If we open the doors to the coronavirus, we risk the collapse of our public hospitals and part of this stems from a long-term lack of investment in public hospital capacity from state and federal governments,” said Omar Khurshid, president of the AMA. statment.
On the other hand, the states of New South Wales (where Sydney is located) and Victoria (Melbourne) have adopted the position of the Morrison government. And in New South Wales, restrictions were released slightly this week when the state topped 70 per cent of those who got the first dose. State leader Gladys Berejiklian also promised more freedoms as the vaccination rate increased.
Facts: Australia’s way out of the pandemic
The Scott Morrison government in Australia has presented a four-step plan to pull the country out of the restrictions of the pandemic. Below is a brief description of the most important features of the different stages.
Phase A: Focus on vaccinating as many people as possible. Closed borders with the outside world and restrictions on internal travel. Violent infection tracing, local quarantine and closure to prevent the spread of infection.
Stage B: When about 70 percent of the population over the age of 16 receives two doses. Continuing focus on vaccinating many and tracking infections. The restrictions persist, albeit to a lesser degree than in phase A. The possibility of a short-term local shutdown. Borders remain closed to other countries, but more Australians will be allowed to return home.
Stage C: When 80 percent of the population over the age of 16 gets two doses. There are absolutely no restrictions for fully vaccinated residents, and free entry into the country for all Australian citizens. Travel permits for vaccinated Australians and the creation of so-called travel bubbles. Gradually opening up to international visitors. The third dose of the vaccine.
Stage D: COVID-19 is treated in the same way as other infectious diseases. open borders. Mandatory quarantine for visitors from high-risk countries. The third dose of the vaccine.
Source: Government of Australia