Despite Australia’s dropping infection rates, authorities have said social distancing and isolation measures could still remain in place for the next six months.
Despite Australia's dropping infection rates, authorities have said social distancing and isolation measures could still remain in place for the next six months.
Deputy Chief Health Officer Paul Kelly says the country is on the cusp of the disease dying out but social distancing is essential.
"It's not time to become complacent, not the time to change things. Those same messages we have put in place and recognising how disruptive that is for so many people's lives, it's very, very important to stay the course at the moment," he said.
An advisory panel will be working to examine how to lift the restrictions with a report to the Government due on April 20.
Dr James McCaw from the Doherty Institute has been heavily involved in providing modelling the Government is using to make decisions on social distancing and isolation measures.
Dr McCaw said the latest modelling shows positive signs for Australia.
Thankfully we are doing incredibly well," he said in an interview with Today.
He said the results are a combination of Government taking early action based on modelling conducted before the pandemic hit Australian shores.
"I think Australia has been lucky as well as well prepared."
Dr McCaw said keeping strict measures in place for six months will not eliminate the possibility of a second wave of infections.
"If we keep the cases to a very, very low level for six months we are actually, from an epidemiological point of view still going to be in the same position as we were," he told Today.
"Nearly all the population will not have natural immunity to this virus, and so we will still be faced with the possibility of exponential growth if we release our restrictions even at that time."
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