After so many months of living in the shadow of the emerging Coronavirus that has swept the world and infected more than 7 million people, Australia has declared its profits the battle against the epidemic.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed this morning that all procedures related to Corona virus will be lifted starting from the coming period, with the exception of border closure restrictions after the virus is eliminated.
She added in a press conference that Australia will move to the first level of state of alert from midnight on Friday.
He also announced that if public and private events and celebrations can be held in Australia without restrictions but in the coming period, the retail and hotel sectors can operate normally in Australia during the coming period and all public transportation can be resumed in the coming period.
Perhaps within days, Australia will become the second country after neighboring New Zealand, which soon celebrates the absence of new cases of coronavirus, as health authorities announced zero cases of Covid-19 during the past 24 hours, and 6720 patients recovered among 7267 cases infected since the emergence of the coronavirus in the country in March. the past.
This comes after a number of Australian states decided to ease the measures of social divergence and the ban on citizen movements, and to allow restaurants to receive more customers, as part of the plan to open and raise the gradual closure, to revive the economy that stumbled after the outbreak of the epidemic.
The Australian government announced a 3-stage plan to lift isolation measures and social restrictions by next July, and the authorities allowed some of the more crowded states like New South Wales to open restaurants and cafes extensively, and allow 50 customers to be in a place double the number, for example, while 20 guests are allowed In the presence of a funeral, after it was previously only attended by 10 people, and public attractions such as the Taronga Sydney Zoo, art galleries, museums and libraries were also allowed to reopen.
Australia managed to tame the deadly epidemic thanks to early measures and prevent entry of people from high-risk areas, CNN said that Australia joined the United States in early February and closed its borders to foreign visitors who visited China, the focus of the spread of the virus and its emergence for the first time.
With the virus spreading outside China, the Australian authorities issued a decision prohibiting citizens from Iran, South Korea, and Italy from entering early March, before closing their borders completely to visitors and non-residents on March 19.
But at the same time it made a series of mistakes, chief among which was to allow more than 2,600 passengers to disembark from the Ruby Princess in Sydney on March 19, and ABC Radio reported that this decision resulted in about 600 injuries and 15 deaths in Corona.
With the number of cases increasing in late March, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on March 22 that all pubs, clubs, cinemas, gyms and places of worship will be closed indefinitely, with restaurants and cafes providing their home delivery services and permitting supermarkets , Clothing, and beauty salons at work.
The state of Victoria closed schools, and some states, such as Western and Southern Australia, closed their borders and demanded that anyone wishing to enter them be quarantined for two weeks.
The authorities tightened the social divergence procedures at the end of March, banning the presence of more than two people in one place, and urging people to stay in their homes and go out only for the extreme necessity, or to do shopping for food or medical reasons.
In conjunction with the closure of institutions and schools, travel restrictions and social divergence rules, Australia has conducted tests for widespread detection of the newly emerging virus, which has exceeded 570,000 tests across the country, according to the Ministry of Health.
On March 25, Australia expanded testing standards to include all health care workers, elderly workers, prisoners and anyone suffering from fever and acute respiratory problems.
Brendan Murphy, Australia's chief medical officer, told a news conference on Friday that anyone who had severe respiratory symptoms, coughs, sore throat, runny nose, cold symptoms, or flu-like symptoms was being tested.
Moreover, Australia has relied on a controversial smartphone app called Coveed Saif, which uses Bluetooth technology to track connections with individuals diagnosed with Corona.
As part of its efforts to contain the epidemic, Australia has pursued a sanitation-based strategy to track the impact of any virus on dirty water to prevent a new epidemic focus.
According to local media reports, the city of Melbourne, in the southeast of the country, conducted sewage and faeces analysis to detect possible effects of the virus, and based on the results, it will adopt a policy aimed at diagnosing infections and tracking people carrying the virus in the neighborhoods concerned.
According to Nicholas Crosby of the Melbourne Water Authority in charge of water management in the city, authorities are seeking to verify samples belonging to 71% of the population of Victoria, one of the most populated states in the country. The Australian official explained that the aim of this is to monitor unannounced cases or the emergence of the virus again, pointing out that the Corona virus remains in the stool until six weeks after the symptoms first appear.