Australian Prime Minister hints at end of ‘Covid zero’
Morrison’s article comes as Sydney, Australia’s largest city, recorded 830 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, its highest number of new daily infections to date, despite strict containment since the end of June.
Australia has been one of many countries, including China and New Zealand, that have attempted to eradicate Covid-19 completely within their borders, and until recently the strategy had been largely successful. To date, Australia has recorded only 44,026 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 981 deaths.
But several major Australian cities, including Sydney, Melbourne and the capital Canberra, are on lockdown as authorities struggle to contain an outbreak of the Covid-19 Delta variant.
“(The lockdowns) are unfortunately needed for now, and we’ll continue to provide health and income support to get people through, but they won’t be needed for too long,” he said.
Morrison said the Australian government intends to move from reducing the number of cases to examining the number of people seriously ill due to Covid-19 and requiring hospitalization.
“After all, this is how we deal with all other infectious diseases,” the Australian leader said, adding that the country’s public health system is now strong enough to cope with an increase in coronavirus cases.
Although Morrison did not give a strict timeline for the implementation of the new strategy, he said that once Australia has met its national immunization targets of 70% and 80%, “we can start. to claim what Covid has taken from us ”.
“This is what it is about living with Covid. The number of cases will likely increase when we soon start to open up. It is inevitable,” he said.
“The number one principle will remain … maintaining our elimination strategy to eradicate the virus, so that we can maintain our hard-earned gains and keep our options open,” she said at the time.