Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly has delivered some rare good news amid the coronavirus chaos.
Australia's Deputy Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly has delivered some rare good news amid the coronavirus chaos.
Professor Kelly said authorities had noticed a decrease in the number of new cases reported each day.
The rise has stabilised in the past few days, which Prof. Kelly said was the goal of the current social restrictions.
"This is not the time to take the foot off the brake," he said.
"We must work together as a society to slow the spread."
Currently there are nearly 4100 cases in Australia, with 18 people dead.
There are 55 people in intensive care nationwide.
Globally, cases are over 700,000, with more than 35,000 deaths.
Prof. Kelly said Australian hospitals still have "a lot of capacity" in their intensive care units as case numbers continue to rise.
However, he said he expected the two-person gathering limit to last "for months".
"How would we make that exit strategy, that is something we are very much working on at the moment as much as the escalation strategy is what we have been experiencing in the last few days," he said.
But Australians will be waiting a while for that "exit" from the current controls.
"If you take some of the measures off, in places where there are no cases, these are very tricky," Prof. Kelly said.
"We have seen what has happened in China, it has taken them a couple of months for them to be feeling that they are under control and for them to start to take those controls off."
More worrying, he said, were Australia's 228 local cases where contact had not been identified.
"It is not unexpected, we will start to see locally transmitted cases," he said.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-paul-kelly-says-curve-is-flattening-more-to-be-done/8ea0829f-b19d-42b6-894f-993ae424e705