Scott Morrison calls for calm on Omicron saying there’s ‘NOTHING’ to suggest the Covid vaccines won’t work on variant as he scrambles to convene emergency national cabinet meeting
- Scott Morrison says experts believe Omicron variant may be ‘even less severe’
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for calm over the new Omicron variant as he reveals experts believe it may be ‘even less severe’ than Delta.
Mr Morrison called in to Kyle and Jackie O’s radio show on Monday morning to provide an update to the Australian public over the new Covid mutation, as he scrambles to convene an emergency national cabinet meeting.
‘There’s nothing to suggest it is more severe in terms of its impact. There’s nothing to suggest the vaccines don’t have an effect on it,’ he said.
‘The indications are that it may even be less severe.’
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for calm over the new Omicron variant as he reveals experts believe it may be ‘even less severe’ than Delta
Mr Morrison says only people from New Zealand and Singapore are currently allowed into the country, other than immediate family of Australians, and said the country remained protected from the virus.
‘In Victoria they’ve got over a 1,000 cases a day but the health system is fine. If we just calm, make good decisions and respond quickly,’ he said.
‘Let’s not get spooked by this, Australia has done enormously well getting vaccinated. Australia is doing great, and we will continue doing great if we keep sensible and balanced.’
The PM confirmed he will meet with the state premiers in the next 36 hours as they map out a plan for the ongoing Omicron situation.
Passengers undergo COVID-19 tests at 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 travellers who touched down in Sydney on Saturday night from South Africa were infected with the new strain and two more were being tested.
South Australia and Western Australia tightened border restrictions as other premiers around the nation also start to consider harsher controls.
Scientists are in a race against time to answer three vital questions about the variant that doctors said caused ‘unusual’ symptoms, as Scott Morrison and Australia’s business leaders call for calm.
The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, which gave the prime minister an emergency briefing on Sunday night, are scrambling to determine how transmissible Omicron is, whether it is more severe than other strains, and if it is vaccine resistant.
Australia slammed its international borders shut to nine African nations where the strain first appeared earlier this month.