Australian Prime Minister hints at end to 'Covid zero' amid protests and record infections

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison hinted at an end to the country’s zero Covid-19 infections strategy in an opinion piece published Sunday, warning Australians to expect a rise in infections as restrictions relax.

Morrison’s article comes as Sydney, Australia’s largest city, 記録 830 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the past 24 時間, its highest number of daily new infections yet, despite being in a strict lockdown since late June.
Australia has been one of a number of countries, including China and New Zealand, which have attempted to completely eradicate Covid-19 inside their borders, and until recently the strategy had been largely successful. 現在まで, Australia has seen just 44,026 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 981 死亡者(数.
    But several major Australian cities, including Sydney, Melbourne and the capital Canberra, are under lockdown as authorities struggle to contain an outbreak of the Covid-19 Delta variant.
      土曜日, thousands of Australians took to the streets of Melbourne and Sydney to protest against the long lockdowns, leading to hundreds of arrests. At least seven police officers were injured during violent clashes.
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        In his opinion piece published by 日曜日に, Morrison said he recognized theheavy tollthat the strict coronavirus prevention measures had inflicted on Australian citizens and businesses, but said it wasdarkest before the dawn.
        “(The lockdowns) are sadly necessary for now, and we will keep providing health and income support to get people through, but they won’t be necessary for too much longer,” 彼は言った.
          Morrison said the Australian government intended to shift its focus from reducing case numbers to examining how many people were getting seriously ill from Covid-19 and requiring hospitalization.
          “結局, this is how we manage all other infectious diseases,” the Australian leader said, adding the country’s public health system was strong enough now to cope with an increase in coronavirus cases.
          While Morrison didn’t give a strict timeline of when the new strategy would be implemented, he said once Australia reached its national vaccination targets of 70% and 80%twe can start claiming back what Covid has been taking away from us.
          This is what living with Covid is all about. The case numbers will likely rise when we soon begin to open up. That is inevitable,” 彼は言った.
            Morrison’s approach stands in stark contrast to neighboring New Zealand. 8月に 12, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a plan to tentatively re-open to vaccinated travelers from low-risk countries from early 2022 but said she did not want to see large outbreaks of the virus inside New Zealand.
            Principle number one will remainmaintaining our elimination strategy to stamp out the virus, so we can maintain our hard won gains and keep our options open,” 彼女はその時に言った.