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Why dozens more Western Australians will die for every month Mark McGowan stubbornly delays opening – as pampered public servants refuse orders to go back to the office

New modelling suggests border delays will cost lives due to waning immunity
Covid vaccine immunity begins to wane after just four months following shot
Trade in Perth’s CBD has taken a dramatic hit as workers stay out of the office

By Levi Parsons For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 08:25 GMT, 9 February 2022 | Updated: 08:25 GMT, 9 February 2022

Mark McGowan’s controversial call to keep Western Australia closed off to the rest of the country will result in more Covid-19 deaths due to the upcoming flu season and plunging immunity levels, a new study claims.

Infectious disease Professor George Milne from the University of WA discovered the Premier’s decision to renege on his promise to re-open state borders on February 5, may cause more hospitalisations and deaths because vaccination immunity will begin to wane.
The longer the government holds out, the worse the impact of the Omicron variant will be as the jab’s effectiveness drops with time.
Delaying could also coincide with the flu season putting extra pressure on health the health system. 
The alarming data comes as the government’s public servants are refusing to go back to the office despite Mr McGowan urging WA residents to ‘keep going to work’ as businesses in Perth’s CBD are being crushed by a significant drop off in trade 94 new Covid cases were recorded on Wednesday.

Mark McGowan’s (pictured) controversial call to keep Western Australia closed off to the rest of the country will result in more Covid-19 deaths, a new study claims

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About 93 per cent of WA residents over 12 have had two doses of the vaccine, but their immunity will begin to wane four months after receiving the second shot. Pictured: Perth Covid testing clinic 

Prof Milne’s modelling predicted that if WA re-opened borders on February 5 as planned there would have been about 741,000 cases, 2861 hospitalisations and 373 fatalities.
If the reopening were to go ahead one month later in March deaths would rise to 383.

Each month the re-opening is delayed the death toll will increase with April seeing 421 deaths, June 478, July 534, August 594 and September 644.
Under current rules, only approved travellers are allowed to enter the state and they must undergo seven days quarantine. 
Prof Milne said ‘nothing was gained’ from the state government’s decision to postpone the reopening as the Omicron strain will eventually make its way across the border, the West Australian reported.
About 93 per cent of WA residents over 12 have had two doses of the vaccine, but their immunity will begin to wane four months after receiving the second shot. 

Infectious disease Professor George Milne from the University of WA (pictured) found the Premier’s decision to renege on his promise to re-open state borders on February 5, may cause more hospitalisations and deaths because vaccination immunity will begin to wane

The alarming data comes as the government’s public servants are refusing to go back to the office despite Mr McGowan urging WA residents to ‘keep going to work’ as businesses in Perth’s CBD (pictured) are being crushed by a significant drop off in trade

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Mr McGowan said the delay was made to give WA residents more time to get a third booster dose. 
‘There’s still people who’ve had two doses that haven’t yet had the booster, so that immunity will be low and dropping. The booster rate isn’t fast enough to balance out that second dose drop,’ Prof Milne said.

‘There’s a lot of things running in parallel — there’s people still getting second doses, people getting third dose boosters and waning immunity from both second and third doses. All these dynamics are captured in the model.’
Meanwhile, Premier McGowan has urged workers to go back to the office as Perth’s CBD records a ‘dramatic drop’ in trade. 

Pictured: A health worker carries out COVID-19 testing at the Joondalup drive-through clinic on May 03, 2021 in Perth, Australia

‘If we get to that point (of recommending work from home), obviously we will advise that,’ he said. 

‘But my concern is your CBDs, your retail outlets and the like will suffer a dramatic drop in trade because people aren’t going to work.’
‘So at this point in time, there’s no requirement. We’re not telling people not to go to work.’
But the state’s The Department of Finance, along with the The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, have pulled the plug on the Premier’s advice implementing work from home trials and ‘split rosters and staggered shift times’.

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