Australia will have to learn to live with Covid for YEARS to come, says Scott Morrison as he reveals the crucial factor that will decide when international borders open
Australia will closely monitor rates of hospitalisation and death in nations that have been largely vaccinated against Covid-19 to decide when it can gradually re-open international borders, Scott Morrison has revealed.
In an interview with Sky News from Paris, the prime minister said the world will be living with the deadly virus for years to come and Australia will have to manage the risk using border controls, vaccinations and contact tracing and testing.
He said that Australia would not suddenly open its border to everyone but would take gradual steps to first allow crucial workers and international students to enter.
Mr Morrison (pictured with Borish Johnson) said that Australia would not suddenly open its border to everyone but would take gradual steps to first allow crucial workers and international students to enter
But he warned new variants of the disease, which may make vaccines less effective, could dash hopes of a complete return to normal.
Mr Morrison noted that hospitalisations in the UK were rising, forcing Boris Johnson to delay lifting restrictions, even though 80 per cent of adults have had a first dose of the vaccine.
If the rates stabilise and do not increase like last year, then that would be a good sign in terms of Australia opening its borders and re-connecting with the world.
‘If the virus is there, but the hospitalisations and the serious illness doesn’t occur and we see that on a sustained basis, well, that says that there is a potentially different pathway there,’ Mr Morrison said.
‘But the jury is not in on that yet. There’s new variants like Delta and so on that can change all of that.’