National Cabinet to stay on track with reopening plans

Queensland’s border reopening will still be going ahead at this stage after an emergency National Cabinet meeting last night.

State and territory leaders met to discuss a response to the emerging variant Omicron, which is now in Australia.

There are six confirmed cases of the variant in the country, including one who’s been out and about in the New South Wales community.


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However, authorities still have reason to believe that the variant may be milder in terms of symptoms when compared to the Delta strain, even if it does prove more transmissible.

National Cabinet last night committed to staying on track with the national plan of opening up.

That means Queensland’s plan to reopen the borders at 80 per cent double vaccination will still go ahead in time for Christmas.

Authorities continue to monitor the situation and will not rule out further action if necessary.

“National Cabinet agreed that the Commonwealth and state and territory governments will continue to pursue a suppression strategy, noting the objective is to limit the rate of Omicron incursions into Australia, rather than eliminate it at the border,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s office reads.