Despite all the talk about 35,000 “Stranded Aussies” trying to get home, over 570,000 people have arrived in Australia since the pandemic really got going in April 2020.
570,000 arrivals is a lot of “Stranded Aussies” rescued but when one considers that there were 2.2 million arrivals in just January 2020 arrivals have dropped by about 98%.
Of those 570,000 arrivals during the pandemic about (44%) arrived in NSW. What is striking about the data is that how much the rate of arrivals was ramped up by Victoria, Queensland, WA and NSW during May and June 2021 when 218,000 people arrived.
With the Delta strain emerging in May 2021, this rapid increase in the rate arrivals into Australia might explain why we experienced a wave of quarrantine leaks across Australia, especially leaks involving the Delta strain. A large increase in arrivals would always have placed greater pressure on our “brown paper and sticky tape” hotel quarrantine model but add the Delta strain into the mix and you have a recipe for the mess we are now enduring.
It would appear the Australian public are now paying a very high price for the decision to rapidly increase arrivals in April – June 2021.
Who made this decision?
The states or the Federal Government?