Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has stated that the country will not be placed back into lockdown in response to the Omicron variant of Covid-19.
Morrison met with state and territory leaders on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the national response to the new variant of concern.
Prior to the meeting, Morrison stated that the federal, state, and territory governments would be cautious about Omicron, but ruled out a return to strict stay-at-home restrictions, according to the Xinhua news agency.
He said he would use the national cabinet meeting to implore state and territory leaders to keep domestic borders open in the run-up to Christmas.
“We’re not going back to lockdowns. None of us want that,” he told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.
“What we did last night was protecting against that by having a sensible pause and to keep proceeding with where we are now and to further assess that information so we can move forward with confidence.” – READ MORE