Australia to slash traveller intake, PM announces pathway out of COVID-19

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National Cabinet has agreed on a pathway for Australia to move from trying to suppress COVID-19 to living with the virus once enough of the population is vaccinated, but in the short term, there will be a 50 per cent reduction in passengers arriving in the country due to the risk of the delta variant of the coronavirus.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a four-phase pathway to transition Australia from its current phase of virus suppression to living with the virus and reducing serious illness, with each new phase triggered when Australia hits a threshold of vaccinated people.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

“The good news I have for Australians who are subject to restrictions today is we have agreed a new deal for Australians on the pathway out of COVID-19,” Mr Morrison said.

We are in phase one now, which is about vaccinating, preparing and planning, Mr Morrison said. The exact details are being worked out.

The pathway will transition Australia from its current prevaccination settings, focusing on suppression of community transmission, to post-vaccination settings “focused on prevention of serious illness, hospitalisation and fatality and the public health management of other infectious diseases”.

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