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Australia will stay closed to the world for now, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison warning he doesn’t see an appetite to move ­beyond the suppression strategy that has shut the nation’s borders.

In an exclusive and wide-ranging interview with The Sunday Telegraph, the Prime Minister made clear there was no plan to alter the government’s approach to the pandemic that has created Fortress Australia.

While in the early days of the pandemic Mr Morrison talked about local restrictions from outbreaks as “part of living with COVID-19”, he thinks Australians are not eager for a change.

“I don’t see an appetite for that at the moment,” he said.

“I think what we’re seeing at the moment is the appreciation of the people that the pandemic isn’t going anywhere.”

Mr Morrison said “we sit here as an island that’s living like few countries in the world are at the moment.

“We have to be careful not to exchange that way of life for what everyone else has.”

It is “different for the UK and the US and Europe because they have been riddled with the pandemic and they can’t turn that back,” he said.

“All I know is once you let it back in … you cannot get it out. You’ve crossed that threshold. You move into another dimension.

“At this point in the pandemic that is a very uncertain world.

“We continue to roll out the vaccination program, over the course of this year, and in the meantime, I intend to be cautious, it’s in my nature.”