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Australian Open: The ‘cage’ of worms where Djokovic can pass the Australian bolt

Australian Open: The 'cage' of worms where Djokovic can pass the Australian bolt

  • Controversy Djokovic appeals the cancellation of his visa and Australia agrees to delay his deportation until Monday

Melbourne. The second largest city in Australia. The city that is in the center of a tectonic plate. The city that was filled with immigrants from southern Europe behind the WWII, which is always on the lists of the most livable cities on the planet, which regularly fills the pages of the Lonely planet, which hosted some Olympic games (1956) and which is based in a Grand slam tennis, a Golf open and a Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Melbourne. The city that confines its five million inhabitants for 10 cases of coronavirus. It happened last September. It was not the first time. Melbourne has closed its doors throughout the pandemic up to seven times in periods of two or three weeks each time a few dozen infections appear daily.

One of his first strict closures was in July 2020. Then, the authorities attributed the new increase in cases to the failure to comply with the restriction measures in the quarantine centers established, mostly hotels, for travelers with residence in the city who arrived from other countries.

There was a great scandal that jumped because in one of those hotels the guards had had sexual relations with travelers that they came to the country and that they had to be locked in a room serving the two weeks of quarantine that the protocol dictated. Some of them tested positive, infected the guards and they spread the virus throughout the community.

The Park Hotel, the ‘cage’

To the quarantine center who was under police investigation for that scandal, the Park hotel, the local press later baptized it as the “cage“In December 2020, it came back into focus for becoming a controversial reception center – or rather a detention center – for refugees who had requested asylum from the Australian government and who are to be quarantined.

The hotel has been at the center of several protests in recent months against hostile government immigration policies. Was complaints for poor conditions from a place that had already been an incubator for the virus. In October, a Covid outbreak occurred in which more than 20 people tested positive. There have also been complaints because in the food they gave, often rotten as some photos disseminated by the refugees showed, there were even worms.

In that “cage” of worms is now locked number 1 of tennis, Novak djokovic, who landed in the country with a medical exemption to the vaccine requirements, approved by the state government and officials of the Country Tennis Federation, but that did not convince the federal border agents of Victoria, the state where Melbourne is located, who were the ones who had the last word. The authorities have ordered Djokovic stay at the Park Hotel until Monday, when a court will rule whether he is allowed to stay in the city to participate in the Australian Open or whether to be deported.

Angry citizen

There has been no exception. In the country that has rigorously followed a strategy of closed borders and short but effective confinements throughout most of the pandemic, Djokovic did not pass the cut and your visa was canceled for not meeting the entry requirements by not being vaccinated.

The citizen anger it probably had a lot to do with the backtracking of the authorities in the case of the tennis player. The exemption had sparked outrage in a country that adhered to strict strict rules to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and has maintained one of the lowest Covid death rates in the world. Citizens, who endured lengthy confinements and for months faced strict limits on leaving or returning to Australia, demanded to know if Djokovic had received special treatment.

Australia, covid zero strategy

Australia (25 million inhabitants, 609,000 infections and 2,301 deaths) has passed almost the entire pandemic following the Covid zero strategy. It did not matter how many positive cases there were. If a handful of new infections appeared that threatened to erase the progress made, old ones were taken up. confinements and restrictions. Better to lock up half the population and blockade entire cities for a few days than to wait for the outbreaks to get worse.

That was the policy until the Delta variant erased the purpose that it was possible to completely eradicate the coronavirus. At the end of last September, the Australian Prime Minister, Scott morrison, said had to get out of the bubble to ease the financial burden. “It is absurd to continue like this. The confinements are not a sustainable way of living in this country,” he said.

As the vaccination, the borders between the states were being opened and many of the restrictions were lifted. In early November, controls at international borders were eased, leaving some emotional scenes at airports when many families were able to get together for the first time since the pandemic began.

Starting in December, foreign workers and visa students were able to start entering a country that was working to establish a “travel bubble“with neighboring countries like Japan and South Korea. At the national level, get vaccinated or not voluntary. The 77.2% of the population has the complete pattern. But no one can enter the country without being vaccinated or with a justifiable medical exception. Djokovic didn’t have it.

Reference from elmundo