Australian Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg urged state leaders on Thursday not to “panic and overreact” to potential outbreaks of the new Omicron Covid variant, saying people should learn to “live with the virus.”
Speaking to Australia’s Seven News ahead of his mid-year budget review, Frydenberg backed the easing of restrictions in some parts of the country despite rising Covid infection rates and global concern about the threat of the Omicron variant.
In response to the current situation, the federal treasurer declared that there was no way for anyone else in this country. “wants to go back to lockdowns,”This year, parts of the country broke the record for most time under severe Covid restrictions.
Frydenberg directed his comments to officials and called for state leaders. “not panic”Or “overreact,”Instead, instead “show compassion and common sense”Consider the safety of Covid around potential outbreaks.
Victoria and New South Wales eased restrictions Wednesday. This reduced measures for around 26 million people including unvaccinated. This is despite New South Wales reporting 1,742 infections and Victoria 1,622 cases on Thursday.
Frydenberg’s position backs up the country’s prime minister, who earlier this week urged people to focus on hospitalization rates, which are low, rather than case numbers, which are rising, as an indicator of the severity of the pandemic.
However, this approach has faced some criticism from scientists, with one epidemiologist, Nancy Baxter, telling Australia’s ABC broadcaster that “nowhere else in the world”In the face of new versions, has decided to relax restrictions “that seems to spread much faster.”
Australia was able to contain the spread of the pandemic through tight Covid regulations. There have been 232765 confirmed cases, and 2,113 deaths since then.