Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said Australia had not gotten out of trouble. Photo / News Corp Australia
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said Australia had no remaining coronavirus hotspots but warned that the country was “not out of the jungle yet”.
In a press conference on Sunday, Hunt confirmed that the federal government has removed all hotspots in Australia after only one case was confirmed via community transmission in recent days.
“There are no remaining hotspot definitions,” said Hunt.
“Of course, inevitably, there will be days of new cases. There will be days when there may be a requirement to reintroduce the Commonwealth hotspot definition. But it will be done on that basis, and cases.”
Despite the positive response to the recent cluster outbreaks in New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland, Hunt said Australia would still be affected as the world continues to grapple with soaring virus numbers.
“We don’t get out of the forest because the world doesn’t come out of the forest,” he said. “And our challenge is always there, while there is a disease spreading overseas in other parts of the world, but Australia is doing very well.”
Hunt also said Queensland’s response to a British mutant strain of Covid-19 that appeared in a hotel quarantine worker in Brisbane showed the state government and health department were able to stop a potential outbreak.
The federal health minister also said he had asked the Therapeutic Goods Administration to seek more information about the Pfizer vaccine, following a Norwegian report on the administration’s risks.
Media reports from Norway have marked six vaccinated elderly patients as dying after being inoculated, bringing the total to 29.
“We have been in contact with the Foreign Minister, and Marise Payne will assign DFAT to seek direct advice from the Norwegian government,” said Hunt.
“In addition, I briefed the Acting Prime Minister and the Prime Minister’s Office today. So if more information is available, we will share it with the Australian public.”