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Australia reopens border for first time since pandemic


Australia’s border set to reopen for the first time throughout the pandemic.


Australia plans to open their borders in the November of 2021, following 18 months of national lockdown. This is predicted to boost consumer confidence, and to increase AD with the upsurge of consumption.


This will also hold a heavy impact on tourism rates and the return of citizens into the country, what with the Australian mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine being dropped in favour of seven days of home quarantine (specifically for vaccinated or permanent residents). This will be saving each traveller A$3,000, the equivalent to £1,600 or $2,100 USD.


The opening of the borders will benefit Australia in a variety of ways, such as the decrease of government spending on social protection, resulting in the spending being available to support other aspects of the country.


To enhance this positive change, the site of Australia’s largest airport -Sydney- is to come out of a 13-week lockdown on the 11th of October.


However, with the recorded Covid-19 deaths of 1,300 and the further 107,000 cases of infection, there could be drawbacks to this alteration. Only 55% of the country are fully vaccinated, with the first dose vaccination rate approaching 80%.


This may seem high, but in comparison to the British rate of full vaccination at 66.7% and the US rate sitting at 55.9%, it seems slight. Despite this, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the government is “working towards” quarantine free travel “when it’s safe to do so”, specifically for countries like New Zealand.

 

Written by Olive Chinhengo

Research compiled by Steven Li

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