The premier of Victoria, Australia, warned Sunday unvaccinated citizens may be “locked out” of participating in the economy once the state reaches its vaccination target to reopen.
“When we get to those [70 and 80%] vaccination double-dose thresholds,” Daniel Andrews said, “the notion of a lockout of the whole community is far less relevant.”
“What will become a bigger part of our response is a lockout of many venues for those who are not vaccinated,” he continued. “I am not going to lock the whole state down to protect people who would not protect themselves. If you are not vaccinated, and you could be, the chances of you booking a ticket at a sporting event, going to a pub … will be very limited.”
The premier said the policy would be implemented to “protect” the state’s health care system and to establish a “vaccinated economy.”
“We’re going to move to a situation where, to protect the health system, we are going to lock out people who are not vaccinated and can be,” Andrews said. “If you’re making the choice not to get vaccinated, then you’re making the wrong choice.”
He went on to say it would not be safe “for people who are not vaccinated to be roaming around the place spreading the virus,” adding, “There is going to be a vaccinated economy, and you get to participate in that if you are vaccinated.”
Andrews said the economy “will operate as close to normal as possible to people who have had two doses.”
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The announcement by the Victorian premier comes just days after the state of South Australia began testing an app called Home Quarantine SA, which The Atlantic described “as Orwellian as any in the free world.”
It enables the government of South Australia to randomly contact app users to ensure they are in their approved quarantine locations. Once contact is made, users are given 15 minutes to take a photo of their face. If they fail to reply in the allotted time, a police officer will be dispatched to “check” on the person.
“Home Quarantine SA uses geolocation and live face recognition check-ins as a key component of ensuring your safety, as well as the safety of the community,” the government website states. “The check-ins are on a randomized schedule and confirm that you are at your approved address and ensures you are compliant with your home quarantine direction.”
“The app performs several geolocation and live face recognition check-ins at random intervals each day and you will have 15 minutes to respond,” the app’s description continued. “If you miss the notification and the phone call, a compliance officer may visit the approved address to check you are safe and compliant with your direction.”
South Australian Premier Steven Marshall praise the draconian app, saying citizens “should feel pretty proud that we are the national pilot for the home-based quarantine app.”
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