Most Australians back virus ankle trackers

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Matt Coughlan
(Australian Associated Press)

 

Three in five Australians would support making coronavirus patients wear ankle bracelets to ensure people stay in home isolation.

An Essential poll published on Tuesday shows almost two thirds of people back the closure of international borders to all foreign travellers and returning Australian citizens.

A little more than half believe any person diagnosed with the deadly disease should quarantine in a dedicated facility rather than at home.

The survey of 1068 respondents found the highest support for even stricter border measures was among voters aged 55 and over, at 78 per cent.

Women were also more likely than men to back keeping returning Australians and foreign travellers out.

Support for ankle bracelet tracking for infected people was lowest among people aged between 18 and 34, with less than half in favour.

About 71 per cent of older respondents supported the measure.

The number of Australians very concerned about coronavirus has fallen from 50 per cent to 40 per cent since the previous survey a fortnight ago.

Support for the federal government’s overall handling slipped to 61 per cent, down from a high of 72 per cent in mid-June.

The government has been under significant pressure over its mishandling of deadly outbreaks in aged care.

The Victorian government rated the poorest of the states, with 47 per cent positive about the response amid the ongoing outbreak.

Support for the NSW response also fell slightly to 59 per cent while South Australia (65 per cent), Queensland (73 per cent) and Western Australia (84 per cent) all rated higher.

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