Scott Morrison says he would be at no risk with the Australian coronavirus almost entirely free lifestyle.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australia was in no hurry to reopen its international borders and ventured into the country’s nearly virus-free, coronavirus-free lifestyle.
Australia closed its borders to all noncitizens and non-residents in March 2020 and allowed only limited international arrivals in recent months, mostly public. people returning from abroad.
Border closures, coupled with rapid door locks, rapid contact tracking and a high health adherence community, have made Australia one of the most successful countries in the world at pandemic restraint, coronavirus infections to less than 29,500 cases and 910 deaths.
“Australia is in no hurry to open those borders, I assure you,” said Morrison at a televised press conference.
“I wouldn’t risk the way we live in a country so different from the rest of the world today.”
For many months now, with the exception of a few flash shutters, Australians have been able to dine, gather almost comfortably, and no longer wear masks in most places.
They exchanged their international trips for local ones, with government figures showing a large annual increase in domestic tourism in the early months of 2021.
From Monday, Australians and neighboring New Zealanders will be able to travel between both countries without having to apply for a waiver or lose the required quarantine period.
New Zealand had only 2,239 confirmed coronavirus infections and 26 related deaths.
Morrison marked Sunday that vaccinated Australians could travel abroad “for essentials” and return through home quarantine in the second half of the year, but that possibility lies in the “planning phase”.
Australia recently abandoned its target of immunizing nearly 26 million people by the end of 2021 following advice that people under the age of 50 should get Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine instead of the AstraZeneca vaccine.