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Friday, December 8, 2023

Survey backs surveillance boost

Australians would back increased surveillance measures to ensure people infected with COVID-19 remained in quarantine, a new poll by the Guardian has found.

The survey of 1,068 respondents showed that 60% would support compulsory tracking bracelets for people in self-isolation with coronavirus.

Half of those polled said they would support people being quarantined in dedicated facilities while they recover rather than at home, and 65% of those surveyed voted to close the international border to all foreign travellers and returning Australians.

When polled on Australia’s management of aged care outbreaks, respondents said they were worried about vulnerable elderly residents but were unsure who was at fault.

When asked to identify who was to blame for the outbreaks in aged care, slightly more respondents identified the state government (30%) than the federal government (28%) – but more people blamed the aged care providers (42%).

The survey found men were more likely than women to believe the federal government was responsible for the outbreaks (32 to 24%).

More than 60% of those surveyed wanted all aged care residents diagnosed with COVID-19 to be in hospitals rather than remaining in nursing homes.

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