Unvaxxed backpacker prompts stay-at-home orders during holidays — Analysis

Hundreds of Australians were told to spend the rest of the Christmas season and New Year’s in quarantine after an unvaccinated French backpacker spread Covid-19 across state lines.

The event was attended by around 400 people. They must now be isolated for two weeks and tested, Western Australia Premier Mark McGowan stated at Christmas Eve. These people must be quarantined until January 3rd.

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After five cases of locally transmitted disease were reported in the state Friday and two on Saturday, this announcement was made.

“It may be Omicron, but we suspect it’s Delta,”McGowan was referring to the different coronavirus variants. 

The cluster of infections was traced to a 25-year-old unvaccinated French backpacker, dubbed ‘Case 1133’ by officials. He traveled to Australia in January 2020, just before the epidemic.

Just one hour prior to tightening of interstate borders, the backpacker arrived in Perth from Queensland on 12/12. Although he was feeling sick, the backpacker wasn’t examined until Wednesday. On Thursday, the infection was confirmed.  

7NEWS reported that during his visit to Western Australia, the Frenchman went to several supermarkets and nightclubs as well as visited a museum.

As part of the zero-Covid strategy, Australia has enforced strict quarantine and lockdown rules. Some vaccinated foreigners were allowed to enter the country last month after a two-year-old ban.

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