Australia "not Going Back To Lockdowns" In Wake Of Omicron COVID-19 Variant: PM
CANBERRA, Nov. 30 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 30th Nov, 2021 ) :Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declared that he will not allow the country to go back into lockdown in response to the Omicron variant of COVID-19.
Morrison on Tuesday afternoon met with state and territory leaders to discuss the national response to the new variant of concern after pushing back the planned reopening by two weeks on Monday night.
Prior to the meeting, Morrison said that federal, state and territory governments would be cautious about Omicron but ruled out a return to strict stay-at-home restrictions.
"We're not going back to lockdowns. None of us want that," he told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.
"What we did last night was protecting against that by having a sensible pause and to keep proceeding with where we are now and to further assess that information so we can move forward with confidence.
" Earlier on Tuesday, Health Minister Greg Hunt said that the Federal government's "overwhelming view" is that the Omicron variant is "manageable." As of Tuesday, six cases of the new variant are confirmed in Australia.
On Tuesday morning, Australia reported more than 1,100 new COVID-19 cases and nine deaths as the country continues to battle the third wave of infections.
As of Monday, 92.4 percent of Australians aged 16 and over had received one vaccine dose and 87 percent had their second dose, according to the Department of Health.