Is vaccination the only key to ending lockdowns?
Team Veye | 01-Aug-2021
Australia had become one of the most successful nations in containing the coronavirus after shutting its borders. Even Prime Minister had remarked about its success in keeping overall infections low compared to those in many other nations.
Australia's decisions of border closures, quarantine programmes and snap lockdowns had appeared to be quite effective in keeping cases low. But then came the highly contagious Delta variant which challenged these strategies in the past month.
Now the most unanswered question is why does the virus still keep spreading Australia's biggest city, Sydney is approaching its sixth week of lockdown with restrictions steadily getting harsher.
Last week it extended a lockdown further after an already protracted stay-at-home order failed to douse a COVID-19 outbreak.
Governments around the world are emphasising quickly inoculating their populations as People who are vaccinated against the coronavirus aren’t likely to fall seriously ill even if they catch it.
The national cabinet agreed last week, that states and territories would enforce fewer lockdowns, and vaccinated people would be subject to fewer restrictions, once 70 per cent of the eligible population was fully vaccinated.
The indication is that proportion of people fully inoculated will determine how restrictions are eased and not COVID case numbers.
Australia could continue having cycles of stop and start lockdowns until the end of the year till it achieves a high vaccination coverage. Premier Gladys Berejiklian says Sydney can start to emerge from lockdown on August 28 if vaccination rates hit 50 per cent.
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