Calls for mandatory COVID-19 testing of international arrivals in Australia

“Anything can happen between the three-day period of having PCR [test]. “

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“Then they, too, may have to transit. They can, of course, inadvertently acquire it there. It’s just an additive bundle of prevention.”

Australia is about to have 80 per cent of people aged 16 and older fully vaccinated.

The latest federal data shows that 78 percent are double-dosed, with about 88 percent partially vaccinated.

New South Wales has fully vaccinated 88 per cent of its population over the age of 16 as the state accelerates the further easing of double-dose restrictions.

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It registered 190 new cases and four more deaths on Wednesday.

Victoria’s daily new infection rate dropped to less than 1,000 for the second day in a row, with 941 cases and eight more deaths.

It has surpassed a double-dose rate of 81 percent.

The national capital is Australia’s most vaccinated jurisdiction, with more than 93 per cent of residents aged 12 and over double the dose.

That totaled eight more cases Tuesday.

The Northern Territory and Western Australia are the country’s least vaccinated jurisdictions.

Nearly 64 percent of the population in WA and NT are double-dosed. Queensland is slightly ahead with a vaccination rate of almost 65 percent.

Pressure has been mounting on states without infections or low numbers of cases to raise vaccination rates so that internal borders can reopen further.

Meanwhile, the American manufacturer Novavax has asked the Therapeutic Goods Administration to give its jab the green light.

Should it be approved, Novavax will be the fourth COVID-19 vaccine to be made available in Australia.

The government has bought more than 50 million doses that are expected to be part of its rollout of booster shots starting with elderly and disabled residents.

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