Australia has had zero measles in 2021 due to covid-19 border closure

Covid-19 controls have led to a sharp drop in measles incidences in many countries. However, the pandemic also disrupted immunization programmes.
Sydney Airport, Australia looks deserted because of closed borders and travel restrictions Robert Wallace/Wallace Media Network/Alamy

Australia has not recorded a single measles case this year. This is due to Australia closing its borders to prevent the coronavirus. Experts worry that interruptions in immunisation programs during the crisis could result in a huge increase in measles cases.

Prior to the outbreak of covid-19, measles in Australia was on the rise in accordance with global trends. The country had its highest level of measles infections in 2019