One of Australia’s top infectious diseases experts has joined the growing chorus ofas the Prime Minister continues to dig in his heels. Former federal Dr. Nick Coatsworth gave a frank assessment of life in a in an interview with ABC News Radio’s Drive program on Tuesday, saying there will be a risk of Australians dying if we open borders.
The issue was a significant talking point for all sectors nationwide after thepredicted Australia’s international borders would remain closed mainly until mid-2022. It seems a , as business groups openly push for more answers from the federal government. that the country must move towards a COVID-19 world and consider opening up.
Dr. Coatsworth said Australia “needs to begin a conversation” on borders, suggesting a “staged, cautious approach, rather than, opening or closing”. On Tuesday afternoon, the infectious disease physician and former deputy told ABC’s Patricia Karvelas that Australia “should be prepared to test our health care system, to test our public health system” in 2022.
He hesitated to open borders earlier than, though, “when we’ve got significant numbers vaccinated” and “we will have access to ICU beds”. “There will be a if it’s circulating in our community,” he warned.
Dr. Coatsworth reassured that “what we know from the studies from what our intensive care specialists did in 2020 is that when Australians get to intensive care beds, their mortality from COVID-19, the chance of them dying, is far less than anywhere else in the world because we’ve got such a good system”.
In stunning results, the latest Newspoll showed 73 percent of voters believe theuntil at least the middle of next year or until COVID-19 is under control globally. Only 21 percent of people said the opening of the international border should align with completing the across the country.
Aafter another of Australia’s top medical experts, President of the Australian Medical Association, Dr. Omar Khorshid, backed the growing calls to open while issuing a warning that no matter what happens, “COVID is coming”. Dr. Khorshid said Australia has been in a “bizarre little bubble” considering our common count compared to the rest of the world, likening the country to a “gilded cage”.
Hewere becoming complacent and should be thinking, “How are we going to get out of this” instead of relying on the fact the country is relatively COVID-19-free. Despite facing pressure in the week since the budget to work on a timeline, he refuses to budge – warning it is “not safe” to reopen.
Earlier Tuesday, Mr. Morrison slammedchief executive Jayne Hrdlicka for saying Australia’s borders needed to reopen even though “some people may die”. He was defiant in keeping the edges closed, warning: “I‘m not going to take risks with Australians’ lives.” Dr. Coatsworth agrees with experts, is administered.
“When we are, what risk appetite are we going to have?” he said. “That’s why I think the conversation best (be) had now before we want to open international borders in a staged approach in 2022. “What I guess I’m worried about is that we’ve created with our success this deep risk aversion to COVID-19, which won’t necessarily be an excellent position to base our policy on when we’ve got a .
“The message tois that this is a different disease when you are immune to it; the amount of protection you get from immunity and vaccination is very significant.” Dr. Coatsworth had formerly could not continue to live in a pandemic “eliminationist bunker” and said that the complete eradication of the virus was a “false idol”.
“We will not have our borders closed indefinitely,” he saidof Surgeons annual scientific meeting. “We will not have quarantine stations in perpetuity while we aim for the false idol of eradication. “At a point in the future when a significant majority of our community is vaccinated, there will be pressure to open our borders. We must not resist that. When the time is right, we should be leading the calls for it.”