The Australian government has closed its doors to the outside world and barred citizens from returning home due to a lack of vaccination.
Uncovering the consequences of this sudden isolation, it has become evident that Australia's economy and international relations have plummeted as a result.
Australia closed its borders to visitors in March 2020 after an outbreak was detected on one of its own citizens who had been visiting India - causing panic throughout the country about any potential contagion.
Dan Tehan, Australia's trade minister, and international education advocate is pushing for the country to relax border restrictions for foreign students to help revive its economy.
Australia’s trade minister, Dan Tehan, said that he is working to relax border restrictions and let foreign students back into the country as a part of their plan for exiting this virus.
“Obviously, we need to get the vaccination rates up. And once we continue to get the vaccination rates up, we will look at quarantining arrangements,” he said on “Squawk Box Asia” on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison, has announced a new trial where some residents will be quarantined at home for two weeks beginning in September. The measure is set to take place only in South Australia and may make it possible for people to return from trips overseas without fear that they'll spread the virus on their journey back into the country.
Australia has been criticized for its slow vaccine rollout, with only 15.3% percent of the population fully vaccinated as of Aug. 1 according to Our World in Data. Last week local media reported that Prime Minister Morrison said Australia needs to inoculate 80% or more before reopening borders and eradicating measles within a month at most
Australia may soon loosen its immigration rules if people continue to get vaccinated.
“So we will look to be able to lift the caps which will enable more Australians to be able to return home and then also look at ways that we can bring in international students. Then we can bring in foreign workers, then we can bring in the business people who are wanting to conduct business here in Australia,” he said.
The virus has been spreading in Sydney, the city is now being enforced with a military-attended lockdown and restrictions have also be put into place.
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“That’s still the plan. Obviously, we’re in a pandemic. So, the plan can be adapted and continue to change, but ... that’s what we’re looking at. We want to be able to open up, and open up with those countries based on the medical advice when we know it’s safe to do so,” he said.
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