Morrison turns Australia global COVID-19 pariah

Oh how times change. For the first 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia sealed itself off from the world as it tried to attempt a COVID elimination strategy.

Now, the world is trying to seal itself off from Australia amid it explosion of COVID cases.

Earlier this month, New Zealand sealed its border with Australia.

Then last week, the US’ Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) slapped a Level 4 “do not travel” warning on Australia – the highest possible travel warning.

Now the European Council has advised member states to block visitors from Australia:

The directive, which applies regardless of vaccination status, means people wanting to undertake non-essential travel to Europe from Australia could face restrictions ranging from a total ban on entry to having to quarantine or face extra testing requirements…

The European Union said in a statement that Australia had been “removed from the list of countries for which EU travel restrictions should be lifted”.

I obviously view the US and European advisories as ridiculous given Omicron is circulating freely in those nations as well:

Whatever the case, gone are the days when Australia was considered a safe haven from COVID.

Unconventional Economist

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