Australia sent soldiers to Afghanistan to rescue refugees and they aren’t being allowed to return home due to Covid-19 protocols. The country only allows a limited number of ‘state quarantine’ beds each day, there’s a give figure backlog of Australians who have been stranded abroad for the duration of the pandemic and have been reserving beds. As a result these soldiers are stuck in Dubai, waiting for “a special exemption to quarantine in the hotel system” from the state of Queensland (whose capital and most populous city is Brisbane).
A government source said an application had been sent to Queensland Health to bring the soldiers home, under the same model used by the National Rugby League to bring 100 wives and girlfriends to Queensland.
“It’s the same model .. we’d find the hotels but we’ve heard nothing from Queensland Health,’’ the source said.
Need I mention that Nicole Kidman just flew to Australia on a whim after leaving Hong Kong early – where she’d gotten special dispensation to enter as well. Yes, her entry into Australia was probably New South Wales rather than Queensland, where she’s skipped state quarantine earlier this year as well.
Starting September 13, new freedoms by the way will be permitted for fully vaccinated households in local government areas of concern in the Australian state of New South Wales:
households with all adults vaccinated will be able to gather outdoors for recreation (including picnics) within the existing rules (for one hour only, outside curfew hours and within 5km of home). This is in addition to the one hour allowed for exercise.
Don’t tell me Australians are happy with their lockdowns, and that this is all just a consequence of it. That’s part of the failure of Australia during this latter phase of the pandemic.