Will Omicron wave impact 2022 Australian federal election?

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Highlights

  • The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has resulted in a worrisome situation for the Australian federal government.
  • The explosion in case tally may cause a hindrance in the smooth conduct of the upcoming general elections in 2022.
  • The worsening scenario due to new variants is likely to adversely impact the election campaign plans.
  • The total COVID-19 case tally has risen to 1,042,293 in Australia, with 612,619 active cases and 2,416 deaths.

The new Omicron variant of concern and unexpected explosion in the COVID-19 case tally is threatening economic recovery from the pandemic. It has once again raised questions about the strength of our shield against the virus and its variants.

While Australia is gearing up for the upcoming general elections in 2022, Omicron may cause a hindrance in its smooth conduct. Prior polls, election campaign plans are likely to get adversely impacted due to the spread of the infection.

Also read: 2022: A major year for Australia with elections around the corner

The worsening scenario due to new variants

Rise in number of positive cases

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Despite constant and rigorous efforts of the government to monitor and control the outbreak, there has been a sharp rise in the number of positive cases.

As per the Health Department of the Australian federal government, 66,825 cases have been recorded in the last 24 hours, taking the total case tally to 1,042,293 with 612,619 active cases, as of 11 January 2022.

Total 2,416 lives have been lost till date due to the COVID infection. 

Related read: The possible effects of Omicron in 2022

How will it impact political landscape?

The current pandemic scenario in Australia just ahead of the national polls has great potential to pose a threat to the Morrison government.

The rise in cases brings the need for higher supply and availability of medical facilities. Any dearth of healthcare elements, such as test kits, medicines, vaccines, hospital beds or critical care units, will turn the wave of sentiments of the people of the country.

To keep the interest in its favour, the present government led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison must ensure a strong response to curb the growing number of cases. The government must put in place strict COVID-19 safety protocols and measures in order to ensure the situation doesn’t aggravate.     

Changing political scenario ahead of elections due to the pandemic

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It has become more worrisome for the government as the unwanted guest has been successful in infecting masses despite high vaccination rates. Over 94% of Australians aged 16 years and above have received at least one dose, while more than 92% of the population is fully vaccinated.

Bottom Line

Even if the elections are held, the situation that prevailed throughout the pandemic, the way it affected peoples’ lives and how the federal government handled it, everything is expected to have a reflection on the outcome of the upcoming elections. It would shape the future of the country.

You may read: How is Omicron variant emerging as a threat for Australian economy?

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