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Western Australia: Is it time for the state to open up and let covid-19 in?

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Western Australia, which has remained largely covid-free, has cancelled its border reopening due to omicron fears, but there may be little to gain by holding out longer



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21 January 2022

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 24: Two women are seen wearing face masks on December 24, 2021 in Perth, Australia. The Western Australian government has implemented new COVID-19 restrictions, following the detection of a new community COVID-19 case. From 6pm on Thursday, masks will be mandatory in all public indoor settings in the Perth and Peel regions until December 28th. Authorities are also recommending people wear masks outdoors when physical distance can't be maintained. Large public events like music festivals have been cancelled during this period. (Photo by Matt Jelonek/Getty Images)

Women wearing face masks in Perth, Australia

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Western Australia, which has mostly dodged the coronavirus by sealing itself off from the rest of the world, has scrapped its plan to reopen next month based on concerns about the omicron variant. But researchers say there may be little point in waiting longer before letting the virus in.

The state, which has a population of 2.7 million, has recorded just 1300 covid-19 cases and nine deaths to date. It has achieved this by heavily restricting travel from the rest of Australia and …

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