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Omicron: Prime Minister Scott Morrison calls for calm over new Covid variant in Australia

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Scott Morrison calls for calm at Omicron, says ‘NOTHING’ suggests Covid vaccines won’t work on variant as he works to convene national emergency cabinet meeting

  • Scott Morrison Says Experts Think Omicron Variant Could Be ‘Even Less Serious’










Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for calm over the new Omicron variant as he reveals that experts believe it could be “even less serious” than Delta.

Morrison called Kyle and Jackie O’s radio show Monday morning to give the Australian public an update on the new Covid mutation, as he scrambles to convene a national emergency cabinet meeting.

“There is nothing to indicate that the impact is more serious. There is nothing to indicate that the vaccines have no effect on it,” he said.

“There are indications that it may even be less bad.”

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for calm over the new Omicron variant as he reveals experts believe it could be ‘even less serious’ than Delta

Morrison says only people from New Zealand and Singapore are currently allowed to enter the country, except for Australians’ immediate family, and said the country remained protected from the virus.

“In Victoria they have over 1,000 cases a day, but the health system is fine. If we stay calm, make good decisions and react quickly,” he said.

Let’s not be alarmed by this, Australia has done extremely well to be vaccinated. Australia is doing great and we will continue to do well if we stay sensible and balanced.”

The prime minister confirmed that he will meet state prime ministers over the next 36 hours as they devise a plan for the ongoing Omicron situation.

Passengers undergo COVID-19 testing in the Histopath Diagnostic Specialists pre-departure area at Sydney International Airport on November 28, 2021 in Sydney, Australia

Passengers undergo COVID-19 testing in the Histopath Diagnostic Specialists pre-departure area at Sydney International Airport on November 28, 2021 in Sydney, Australia

NSW Health confirmed on Sunday that two travelers who landed in Sydney from South Africa on Saturday night were infected with the new strain and two more were being tested.

South Australia and Western Australia have tightened border restrictions as other prime ministers across the country also begin to consider tougher controls.

Scientists are racing against time to answer three essential questions about the variant that doctors say caused ‘unusual’ symptoms, such as Scott Morrison and Australian business leaders to calm down.

The Australian Health Protection chief committee, which gave the prime minister an emergency briefing on Sunday night, is struggling to determine how transmissible Omicron is, whether it is more serious than other strains and whether it is vaccine resistant.

Australia closed its international borders to nine African countries where the species first appeared earlier this month.

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