Tony Abbott says governments need to consider ‘uncomfortable questions’ about number of deaths they’re prepared to live with

  

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Former prime minister Tony Abbott has called for COVID-19 restrictions to be relaxed, arguing officials have become trapped in “crisis mode” and that governments need to consider “uncomfortable questions” about the number of deaths they are prepared to live with.

  
Speaking in London to the UK think tank Policy Exchange, Mr Abbott said the media had spread “virus hysteria” and people should be allowed to make their own decisions.

  
“From a health perspective, this pandemic has been serious. From an economic perspective, it’s been disastrous,” he said.

  
“But I suspect that it’s from an overall wellbeing perspective that it will turn out worst of all. Because this is what happens when for much more than a mere moment, we let fear of falling sick stop us from being fully alive.

  
“Now that each one of us has had six months to consider this pandemic, and to make our own judgements about it, surely it’s time to relax the rules so that individuals can take more personal responsibility and make more of their own decisions about the risks they’re prepared to run.”

  
Mr Abbott said in hindsight, there had not been enough attention paid to keeping coronavirus out of aged care facilities.

  

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