Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that his country will review its plans to reopen the borders to skilled immigrants and students from December 1, after the first case of the Omicron strain was recorded.
On Monday, Morrison added that it was “a bit premature to re-mandate foreign travelers to stay in hotel quarantine for two weeks,” and urged people to remain calm, because the data had not yet fully established the severity, transmissibility and vaccine resistance of the Omicron strain.
He indicated that the National Security Committee will meet at a later time to evaluate the reopening of the borders, starting from Wednesday. He said a meeting of state and territory leaders will be held on Tuesday.
And tests confirmed that two people who arrived in Sydney from South Africa on Sunday were infected with the newly discovered Omicron, while officials ordered the citizens returning from 9 African countries to enter a 14-day quarantine.about:blank
Australia has so far recorded about 109,000 cases of coronavirus and 1,979 deaths since the start of the epidemic.