WA waves white flag on COVID elimination

Less that a week after announcing that it will indefinitely seal its border to the rest of Australia and the world, the Western Australia Government has given up on its COVID elimination strategy.

After WA recorded 24 new cases yesterday, Health minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said the rise in cases shows that the state’s Omicron wave has begun, and the focus must be on suppressing and managing the variant rather than trying to eliminate it.

Nevertheless, Sanderson added that retaining the state’s hard border beyond 5 February is necessary to help slow down the virus’s spread:

Amber-Jade Sanderson said the figures were a “wake-up call” for the community that the virus had finally arrived in the state and would not be eliminated.

“It’s certainly the start of omicron,” she said.

“I think it’s clear that we’re not going to eliminate omicron, it’s now about how we suppress and manage omicron.”

The best hope for WA opening its border is for Omicron to spread wide and far across the state.

Unconventional Economist

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  1. reusachtigeMEMBER

    Too bad. Too sad. Hopefully the poor suffering people in the fascist commie state of NZ get their turn soon enough so that they can be freed.

  2. It has got away in Hong Kong now as well, will be interesting to see what China does now……drinking with a trucking expediter yesterday, he said things are not getting better on the supply front despite making sick people work

    https://www.forexlive.com/news/hong-kong-confirms-140-new-covid-infections-most-in-18-months-20220123/

    All this pales beside the sightings of the Omicron BA.2 clade which is very far in evolutionary terms from Omicron BA.1 and is now ripping through all the countries that just had an Omicron BA.1 wave. Norwegians are saying that they are getting people with BA.2 one month after getting BA.1

    https://twitter.com/LongDesertTrain/status/1485312710191505422

    So, with our airports open we can expect BA.2 right after the surge from forcing school kids back in the middle of a wave. No way this lightens off in time for the federal elections.

    • Well, they could close the borders again and implement controlled inbound expats via the quaratine facilities that have all been built

    • Indeed.

      Omicron is an enigma because it is not new. It didn’t arise from earlier variants, and has its origins in early 2020. However omicron is very different to the Wuhan strain, and could not have evolved from Wuhan strain in a few months.

      BA.2 is quite distinct from BA.1, which now adds to the omicron mystery.

      Omicron has been weird from the beginning. Why did WHO declare it a variant of concern just 2 days after it was discovered? It took many months for delta to be designated a VOC. So what caused the WHO to jump so quickly in November?

  3. the great majority of west australians don’t want the state border opened to all.
    the premier has made concessions on compassion grounds, there is no need to flood the place with disease just coz others are doing it
    the whiners are those that can’t stay still for 5 minutes, they’re always about to jet off somewhere lol
    however it is mostly greedy business desperate to get overseas workers, students and visitors back so the neoliberal profits can resume
    the media here is incandescent with rage at the deferral of the 5th february opening lol

    • Diogenes the CynicMEMBER

      The West has totally lost it. The opinion articles it ran this week were complete propaganda. Orwellian!

    • To be honest, if we excluded people who moved to Western Australia, and just look at the people born here (the only “true” Western Australians, of which I am one), we don’t just want a border, we genuinely want independence. Large states, are inherently anti-democratic, as is Australia when migrant filled Sydney and Melbourne get to pull so much weight politically.

      Democracy = people rule = not so much when the people are imported and or distant to the people they “control”.

  4. In the South of Sweden (Skane/”Scania”) those to the North hold an annual festival where they try to dig a trench in the hope that the South will float back to Denmark.

    We could do well to emulate this somewhere West of Port Lincoln S. A.

  5. “The best hope for WA opening its border is for Omicron to spread wide and far across the state.”

    Is this really how you’re thinking? FMD if it is, you must have really been fked up mentally by the lockdowns in Vic. If it gets into indigenous communities it will do a lot of harm.

    I didn’t vote for MM, I think he’s a Lib premier in a Labor suit, but I’d have to say he’s surprised me as I thought he’d open the borders as soon as he could and in that respect at the next election if handling covid becomes an election issue he will get my vote.

    Anyway, no border opening anytime soon.

    • ”If it gets into indigenous communities it will do a lot of harm.”

      Plus many. Not to mention the decades of built up neglect in public health investment from getting sweet FA of the GST take cant be resolved overnight.
      I also wonder how people think the mining industry here is going to operate with COVID? It’s not like they can afford to have workers quarantining a lot and the practicalities of keeping a normally FIFO workforce stationed on-site in the middle of summer are at best limited.

    • I don’t understand this position logically either. Wa has the lowest unemployment, the best economy and low viral numbers. Their small business sector has fared much better than the east.

      Other than schadenfreude, envy, etc I dont understand the last statement in this article either. What logic is there to it? They will still allow entry with some quarantine, it’s not a hard border. If a closed border means the community is rewarded for limiting the spread (I.e. I will do the right thing because at least if we work together as a community it may come down) as opposed to open borders where there is no point in bothering at least the net outcome there will be better even with some virus especially health system wise.

      Good luck to them. The eastern states which I live in shouldn’t throw stones – who are they to talk?

  6. So, whats the solution, never ever open up? Tard’s, this isn’t about saving lives. If it was, then you’d be able to buy a N95 mask or a RATS test kit in WA – they’ve had 2 years to get this on the shelves; you cant get neither. The health system is woefully under resourced in WA – they’ve also had 2 years to get additional resources on this.
    Its about MM never wanting to acknowledge the latter. There’s no where to hide on this when omi is loose. In addition, why open up & be accused of not saving lives when you full well know within the next month or so that the virus will spread on its own, uncontrolled throughout the state? Again it will not be MM’s fault. He can say “he did all he could”.

    • No, it’s to prolong the quarantine methods until a best course of action is found.

      History shows the best course of action is await until a really benign variant occurs, then control the infection of this, to acquire natural immunity.

      Let all the variants rip through other jurisdictions.

      Let the other states have people die, so we don’t have to,.

    • Clean GuyMEMBER

      MM was pretty clear he wants to give people a chance to get their booster vax to give best chance against Omicron – was only at 24% the other day and people are flat out trying to get it – just need a little more time. Hasnt said how many people targetted before open though yet, believe that announcement is this week.

      Im already triple jabbed, but only because able to due to previous early uptake.

    • ”So, whats the solution, never ever open up? Tard’s, this isn’t about saving lives. If it was, then you’d be able to buy a N95 mask or a RATS test kit in WA – they’ve had 2 years to get this on the shelves; you cant get neither. The health system is woefully under resourced in WA – they’ve also had 2 years to get additional resources on this.
      Its about MM never wanting to acknowledge the latter. There’s no where to hide on this when omi is loose. In addition, why open up & be accused of not saving lives when you full well know within the next month or so that the virus will spread on its own, uncontrolled throughout the state? Again it will not be MM’s fault. He can say “he did all he could”.

      It takes how long to train a doctor or a nurse? The GST revenues were only just partially equalised last year. Rome wasn’t built in a day and 2 years is not really a long time when most of the revenue (plus strings) comes from Canberra. GST revenues only got partially equalised last year. Not a lot of time.
      Omicron emerged in late November 2021, and it would be fair to say that the understanding of it’s impact wasn’t clearly understood when he set the Feb 5 date in early December.

      The disruption to the economy and health system in the eastern states is one thing but, once the impacts of a largely FIFO mining industry here were factored in the rest was history. I am fairly certain the powerful mining industry interests here would have had a seat at the table when the decision was made. So yeah, it’s not just about saving lives. It was on the sum of it, probably a sensible decision.

      • “It takes how long to train a doctor or a nurse? ”

        If the hospitals were better managed, we might not have lost so many of the ones who have resigned over the last several years??

        • No doubt. The highly trained ICU nurses also have a lot of experience. The health system is a bit like a giant tanker in this respect. Beyond beds, there’s a lot of expensive kit and a lot of skilled staff needed to use it.

          • Yes, but the problem isn’t all of McGowans making, along with ramping these issues go back 30 yrs with successive govs cutting funding to the health system and us, the voter, need to take some responsibility for allowing this to happen.

          • No doubt – I totally agree with you. LVO put up the beds per 100k population here some time ago. About half way through John Howard’s reign things went south in a big way. We went from okay to sh!t house in a year or two compared to other developed nations. Worse still there have been a lot of resignations in the health sector over the last 2 years because of the extra covid load.
            No one wants to admit there’s deep rooted problems we need to address. We are told we must “live with covid” without knowing what that means.

    • It’s the lunatic’s running Canberra and NSW everyone should be pointing at, Morrison and Perrottet are the one’s that let it rip without any care for the rest of the country! Typical religious nut jobs putting it all in ‘gods’ hands…

      • Just over 3000 people have died due to covid compared to 320,000 from other reasons in the last two years. Once we were vaccinated Covid is no worse than a bad flu season. Letting it rip was the only sane choice, it’s just like ripping off a band aid.

        • Absolute twaddle, is that comment! Bad flu my backside, where do you dig this sort of stupidity up?

          27th Nov covid deaths sat at 1635, this was the date of the first confirmed Omicron infection, lets say March 2020 was the first Covid infection, so 21months to get to 1635 deaths. As of today its 3000, so 1300 + deaths in 7.5 wks. yeah, just a bad flu, smfh.

  7. Frank DrebinMEMBER

    WA could get 10,000 local cases per day and McGowan still wouldn’t open up.

    Plays to the insular and pariochial mindsets of West Aussies that they are still protecting themselves from the horrors of “the East”. And the rest of the world.

  8. “The best hope for WA opening its border is for Omicron to spread wide and far across the state.”

    That is exactly what they’re doing. Every other outbreak of this magnitude has been accompanied by a lockdown. Why no lockdown this time? This is PR rubbish just like Gladys’ Delta declaration was in NSW. The dishonesty is the more serious disease.

  9. Muttafukaburrasaurus.MEMBER

    I think it’s good that WA is taking it’s own situation into account and not the BCA or assorted other dickheads who decided for NSW, and by extension screwed VIC and lately QLD, SA, TAS,NT.
    Having said that, now is probably the Goldilocks period with a ‘seemly’ benign variant, school holidays, outdoor weather etc era.
    The total lack of any preparations by the federal Gov is a unnecessary systemic risk factor….

  10. bubbah buddhaMEMBER

    I hear the flower season in Kilbarri is ABSSOLUTELY Stunning this season, wot with the heat……leave WA be WA, Grand old Duke of Iron Ore…and when they were up…