Covid-19 lockdown lessons from Australia: 'Fortress' approach risks creating 'hermit outpost'

SYDNEY – When the first Covid-19 cases were recorded in Australia last year, the nation – like much of the world – was quick to close its borders. But, unlike most other countries, it has shown little interest in re-opening them.

Instead, the federal government has adopted a “Fortress Australia” approach, imposing some of the world’s strictest measures to prevent people – including its own citizens – from entering or leaving the country.

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