Australia is struggling with its Covid-19 exit strategy 3

Australia is struggling with its Covid-19 exit strategy 3

Australian officials still do not have a clear strategy to help the country escape Covid-19, making people frustrated and disappointed.

Australia was once praised for its initial response to the Covid-19 pandemic, helping to contain the spread of the epidemic and more or less get the economy back on track.

New cases of infection still appear in the community and each time, the government has to impose strict blockade and control measures.

`We can’t leave the country, people can’t come to Australia and every now and then we get locked down, which causes huge damage,` said James Powditch, an artist with a shop and gallery in Sydney.

A street in central Sydney on the first day of blockade on June 26.

There have been signs that Australians are fed up and want to escape their lives disrupted by the epidemic.

Australia is struggling with its Covid-19 exit strategy

A 48-hour blockade was also imposed in Australia’s Northern Territory, including the capital Darwin, after four Covid-19 cases were discovered related to a gold mine worker.

He is believed to have contracted the virus while staying overnight at a hotel specialized for quarantined people in Brisbane.

Australia has just recorded 910 deaths from Covid-19 out of 25 million people, one of the countries with the lowest per capita death rate in the world and the number of infections also remains low.

Although the economy has somewhat returned to operation and recovery, Australia’s tourism industry is still heavily affected by the epidemic and universities are struggling due to the loss of revenue from international students.

Australia has so far only vaccinated over 4% of the population, compared to more than 46% in the US and 47% in the UK.

The problem is further exacerbated by Australians’ hesitancy and skepticism about vaccines.

Australian officials said they hope to achieve community immunity before reopening the border.

Journalists appearing on the Today program on Channel 9 on June 24 even said that Prime Minister Morrison and his slow vaccine deployment strategy were the cause of the country’s continuous blockade.

In response, Prime Minister Morrison said supplies would be replenished in July and an additional 600,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine would arrive this week.

He blamed the AstraZeneca vaccine for delaying the vaccination program and this was really a `shock` beyond the government’s control.

`We will continue to work towards our goal of providing enough vaccine for everyone who wants to be vaccinated by the end of the year and will accelerate the pace as we move through the second half of the year,` he emphasized.

The government has also been criticized for leaving about 36,000 Australians stranded overseas.

Entering the country faces countless challenges, but leaving the country is even more difficult.

As a result, people not only lose their holidays but also lose time with family and friends.

According to the most recent census results in 2016, about half of people living in Australia were born overseas or have at least one parent born overseas.

A woman living in Bribane from Canada who works in the medical industry had hoped that the accelerated vaccine program would help ease border restrictions and help him return to his home country.

`I’m originally from Canada and I don’t know when I’ll be able to see my family again. Honestly, I think it will be at least two years,` she shared.

Australians gathered on Sydney beach on June 27, despite the blockade order.

`It is still only for people over 50 years old despite the virus spreading strongly among people with an average age of 20 to 30,` she added.

For Australian citizens who have close relationships with relatives abroad, the situation of isolation also brings them many serious consequences.

Katerina Vavrinec, 34 years old, from the Czech Republic, currently living in Sydney, said she had to seek mental health counseling because she was separated from her family and friends.

`Closing borders will have a huge impact on people’s mental health,` especially those with relatives and families abroad, Vavrinec said.

Vavrinec is on maternity leave and will return to work in about a week, though she doesn’t know how things will play out while the lockdown is still in effect.

`In fact, I’m quite happy that we’re in lockdown. I’m very disappointed by the government’s decision to close the borders indefinitely. So, I hope that the lockdown will make people realize that

Vu Hoang (According to CNN)

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