George Clooney praises Australia’s ‘admirable’ pandemic response

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George Clooney has praised Australia’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Appearing on The Project, the American actor, who was in Australia filming his new comedy Ticket to Paradise while the country’s lockdown was at its height, said the response was “admirable”.

“I look at what Australia did in particular and some of these things get politicized,” the 61-year-old said.

George Clooney (pictured) has praised Australia's response to the Covid-19 pandemic

George Clooney (pictured) has praised Australia’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic

‘But you look at what you were able to accomplish, and I know it was incredibly difficult, but if the United States had done it, we would have saved 900,000 lives.’

Clooney went on to say he admired how Australians, enduring some of the world’s strictest lockdowns during the pandemic, accepted the measures as necessary.

‘The idea that you believed in science is so admirable. The whole time I was there I was thinking I’m so impressed with the people of Australia who said let’s suck it up and get this done. I was so impressed, he said.

Appearing on The Project, the American actor, who was in Australia filming his new comedy Ticket to Paradise while the country's lockdown was at its height, said the answer was

Appearing on The Project, the American actor, who was in Australia filming his new comedy Ticket to Paradise while the country’s lockdown was at its height, said the response was “admirable”. Pictured with Julia Roberts on The Project

“I look at what Australia did in particular and some of these things get politicized,” the 61-year-old said. ‘But you look at what you were able to accomplish, and I know it was incredibly difficult, but if the United States had done it, we would have saved 900,000 lives’

Most Australians feel the country’s strict lockdown measures during the Covid pandemic were “just right”, according to a recent survey.

Data from the University of Tasmania survey showed two-thirds of the country was familiar with the crippling multi-state shutdowns that cost businesses tens of billions of dollars in 2020 and 2021.

Just eight per cent of the 1,162 people surveyed in the peer-reviewed paper, published on Tuesday, believed the stay-at-home orders were ‘definitely too restrictive’.

Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) initially called a nationwide six-week lockdown to limit the spread, before sporadic rolling outbreaks across the country over the next two years prompted individual states and territories to issue their own declarations

Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured) initially called a nationwide six-week lockdown to limit the spread, before sporadic rolling outbreaks across the country over the next two years prompted individual states and territories to issue their own declarations

There have been 14,432 Covid-related deaths since the virus reached Australia in March 2020. Additionally, Australians were eager to roll up their sleeves for the Covid-19 vaccines, with vaccination rates peaking at over 90 percent of eligible citizens

There have been 14,432 Covid-related deaths since the virus reached Australia in March 2020. Additionally, Australians were eager to roll up their sleeves for the Covid-19 vaccines, with vaccination rates peaking at over 90 percent of eligible citizens

While only 11 percent felt lockdowns, mask mandates, curfews and travel restrictions were ‘probably too restrictive’.

The study also concluded that Australians who prioritize the economy over health were less likely to follow mask mandates, check into venues, get tested and self-isolate.

There have been 14,432 Covid-related deaths since the virus reached Australia in March 2020. In the US, that number is now over a million dead.

Clooney arrived in Australia last year to film his new film and managed to bypass the government's hotel quarantine system, instead staying in a private property for his 14-day mandatory quarantine period with his wife Amal (right) and their children

Clooney arrived in Australia last year to film his new film and managed to bypass the government’s hotel quarantine system, instead staying in a private property for his 14-day mandatory quarantine period with his wife Amal (right) and their children

In addition, Australians were eager to roll up their sleeves for the Covid-19 vaccines, with vaccination rates peaking at over 90 percent of eligible citizens.

Former prime minister Scott Morrison initially called a nationwide six-week lockdown to try to contain the spread, before sporadic rolling outbreaks across the country over the next two years prompted individual states and territories to issue their own declarations.

Victoria was by far the hardest hit with Melburnians enduring a cumulative 262 grueling days in lockdown – beating the Argentine capital Buenos Aires for the unhealthy world record.

Premier Dan Andrews ordered all non-essential businesses to close during that period as millions were trapped inside their homes and prevented from going outside after 10 p.m. 21 or travel more than 5 km.

The Batman & Robin star lived in a palatial $9 million estate 90 minutes from Sydney

The Batman & Robin star lived in a palatial $9 million estate 90 minutes from Sydney

Clooney arrived in Australia last year to shoot his new movie with Julia Roberts and managed to bypass the government’s hotel quarantine system, instead staying in a private property for his 14-day mandatory quarantine period.

The visiting Hollywood actor is given a dispensation to hole up in a sprawling estate in the Southern Highlands instead of a posh hotel room.

The Batman & Robin star lived in a palatial $9 million estate 90 minutes from Sydney.

The A-lister spent his entire NSW stay at Mount Robertson Farm and could be seen strolling the grounds with wife Amal Clooney and their children.

The A-lister spent his entire NSW stay at Mount Robertson Farm and could be seen strolling the grounds with wife Amal Clooney and their children

The A-lister spent his entire NSW stay at Mount Robertson Farm and could be seen strolling the grounds with wife Amal Clooney and their children

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