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Why is Australia re-imposing fines despite a very small number of new cases?

Australia is cutting the curtain somewhat. As of Tuesday, July 20, the southern city of Adelaide, along with Sydney and Melbourne, is under control in dealing with the Govt-19 epidemic in Australian metropolitan areas.

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In total, 14 out of 25 million Australians are now affected by these measures, while only a hundred new cases are diagnosed each day. Strong choice that can be explained by many factors.

Because the country is true to its “zero cases” strategy

Since the onset of the epidemic, Australia has differentiated itself with its strategy of “zero cases” or “zero covit”. The country is stuck in very low alert gates, with large cities not hesitating to close for a renewable period of five days. A tactical choice is complete: there are more than 32,000 diagnosed cases in Australia and a total of 914 deaths from the virus, According to the last report* Health officials of the country.

For example, in the state of South Australia, where the city of Adelaide is located, this new weekend prison, when only 14 cases of Govt-19 in the region are counted, one patient is admitted to the hospital. “We didn’t do it from the heart, but we think we have only one chance to sort it out.”, Said this Tuesday The Prime Minister of that state is Steven Marshall.

Because delta variability is increasing

Closing Australian borders will not be enough. The highly contagious SARS-Cowie-2 delta variant has been identified in Australia and continues to grow. However, the Australian government strictly restricted entry into the territory, which in principle was reserved for its compatriots, while imposing compulsory isolation on new entrants (excluding travelers). “Bubble” created with New Zealand Neighbors).

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However, several drawbacks have been identified, such as the high-level case An unannounced driver in Sydney, he took care of the flight crew and tested positive for this variant of the virus in mid-June. As announced* The New York Times. If the role of delta variability in new pollutants is not yet known in Australia, it concerns the medical industry at the highest level. “The more hospitalizations we admit, the more intensive care admissions, the more patients are placed on ventilators.”, Warning* New South Wales State Health Officer Dr. Kerry Sand at a press conference on July 10.

For many observers, Australia’s good health status may work against the delta variant because the low circulation of the corona virus so far indicates a low level of natural immunity among the population.

Because the vaccine is slipping in Australia

With only 11% of the population vaccinated, Australia lags behind in its campaign. Error purchasing quantities late, Underlines the BBC*, As well as poor anticipation of domestic vaccine production. In addition, the vaccination rate is lower for the elderly. According to Official figures*, For example, only 11.9% of people aged 60-65 have received the required two doses, rising to only 47.2% of those over the age of 95, which is the most vaccinated age group.

Acceleration of vaccination of young people is also on the agenda following the attention of the authorities in New South Wales. Increase in cases* Delta variant in minors, as reported by the Australian site ABC. To increase its injection campaign, Australia wants to produce more in its soil, focusing on messenger RNA vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna Labs. In an effort to reverse the trend, several “mass vaccination” centers have opened across Australia in recent weeks.

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* All links marked with asterisk refer to articles in English.