PM plans staggered virus exit

Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 4 : 8-Apr-20

Theoretical modelling suggests that just 12 per cent of Australians would be infected by the coronavirus and less than one per cent would require hospitalisation if people comply with lockdown measures. However, failure to do so could see 89 per cent of the population become infected, while only 15 per cent of people who need an intensive care bed would get one. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has warned that the economy cannot afford to be shut down for too long, and he has flagged a staged winding back of lockdown restrictions. He also says Australia will need to reduce its dependence on imports in the post-virus world, particularly critical supplies such as medical equipment.


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