Infection rate falls below one raising hopes virus is fading

Original article by Tom Burton
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 5 : 14-Apr-20

The global death toll from the coronavirus has risen to 119,113; more than 1,917,000 people worldwide have been diagnosed with the respiratory illness. There are 6,359 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Australia, and the nation’s death toll has risen to 61. Professor James McCaw of the Doherty Institute says there is now sufficient local data on the virus to publish an ‘effective reproduction rate’, which his research team hopes to do shortly. The team estimates that Australia’s effective reproduction rate has fallen below one, as social distancing measures help to curb the virus’s spread. Meanwhile, the death toll in the US has risen to 23,485 after an additional 1,380 deaths were reported in the last day.

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PETER DOHERTY INSTITUTE FOR INFECTION AND IMMUNITY, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

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