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

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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