Predictions of when international flights may resume/bans lifted

Silvia

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I hope that we won't see another internal state border closure as a result of community exposure.
There is already vast evidence that it's a bit too late to close - Omicron is already here, it's all about how quickly it will progress.
 

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I hope that we won't see another internal state border closure as a result of community exposure.
There is already vast evidence that it's a bit too late to close - Omicron is already here, it's all about how quickly it will progress.
I can't see NSW, VIC or ACT going down that pathway. As for the others, nothing would surprise me. I'm waiting for AP to denounce it as the unicorn variant.
 

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ABC reports:

Hundreds of international students will arrive in Sydney next week, despite the federal government delaying the easing of border restrictions because of the Omicron COVID-19 variant.

A charter flight carrying up to 250 students will land in Sydney on December 6.

The federal government had been due to ease border restrictions for international students and other eligible visa holders tomorrow, but that has been deferred until December 15 due to concerns about the Omicron COVID-19 strain.

Despite that, the NSW government will proceed with its international student pilot program which it announced in September.

That means hundreds of students will be able to arrive in Sydney despite the tougher federal government stance.

The students will be subject to strict new quarantine measures introduced over the past few days.
 

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Which is, of course, not true. Concerns and complaints prompted a Royal Commission into aged care.

The RC did not to my knowledge make any recommendations wrt imposing restrictions on the broader community to protect those in aged care.

The focus of the RC was on treatment of residents in aged care noting staffing levels/ratios and types (nurses vs carers) and lack of food quality were key call outs.
 
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Though in some flu pandemics individual nursing homes went into lockdown.Certainly happened in 2017 and 2009.
 

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Which is, of course, not true. Concerns and complaints prompted a Royal Commission into aged care.
True, after three years of it being called for and voted against 19 times in Canberra.

But nothing to do with Covid, pre-dated it. Although they did hold a couple of extra hearings into what happened with Covid.

Locking down of Nursing Homes happened after failure to deal with international borders and two workers arrived back from overseas (Italy IIRC) leading to two separate outbreaks in Sydney Nursing homes. Fed Govt did nothing about managing the outbreaks (despite being regulator & monitoring authority) & left it to NSW State Govt to look after.

Once first deaths begin then action happened on shutting international border to some countries & not others - totally illogical yet that's the history. At least this time around hopefully some of those involved may recall what went wrong...

But then again.

Let's just hope that this latest variant does not have serious impacts that Delta came with.
 

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I have a few masks. Can’t wait to never wear one again, but that time will be a while off yet

Looking forward to the trip. Glad the border is still open.
 

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True, after three years of it being called for and voted against 19 times in Canberra.

But nothing to do with Covid, pre-dated it. Although they did hold a couple of extra hearings into what happened with Covid.

Locking down of Nursing Homes happened after failure to deal with international borders and two workers arrived back from overseas (Italy IIRC) leading to two separate outbreaks in Sydney Nursing homes. Fed Govt did nothing about managing the outbreaks (despite being regulator & monitoring authority) & left it to NSW State Govt to look after.

Once first deaths begin then action happened on shutting international border to some countries & not others - totally illogical yet that's the history. At least this time around hopefully some of those involved may recall what went wrong...

But then again.

Let's just hope that this latest variant does not have serious impacts that Delta came with.

I think the argument being made was that we shouldn't be closing our borders to 'protect the elderly' because we didn't care about them before, so why are we now? I disagree with that position. There was concern pre-covid about the welfare of our elderly and vulnerable, even if it took 19 votes in Canberra to finally get action.

Sure the Royal Commission highlighted the issues and more people are now aware of the problems. Perhaps as a consequence it means that amongst other reasons, doing what we can to protect the vulnerable from covid has pretty broad support.
 

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I think the argument being made was that we shouldn't be closing our borders to 'protect the elderly' because we didn't care about them before, so why are we now? I disagree with that position. There was concern pre-covid about the welfare of our elderly and vulnerable, even if it took 19 votes in Canberra to finally get action.

Sure the Royal Commission highlighted the issues and more people are now aware of the problems. Perhaps as a consequence it means that amongst other reasons, doing what we can to protect the vulnerable from covid has pretty broad support.
Providing they have vaccinated themselves. Zero sympathy otherwise.
 
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