Monday, April 20, 2020

Australia thinking of extending its lockdown to a year - despite suffering just 63 coronavirus deaths

Australia is thinking of extending its lockdown to a YEAR - despite suffering just 63 coronavirus deaths.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned life 'down under' could be constrained for 12 more months because of the deadly pandemic.

And some see the proposal as a sign other countries may also be thinking of very lengthy lockdowns.

Australia has so far escaped the high numbers of casualties reported around the world after closing its borders and imposing strict "social distancing" measures for the past month.

Restaurants, bars and other "non-essential" businesses have closed and public gatherings of more than two people are banned under the threat of fines and even prison.

In response, the daily growth rate of reported new infections has steadied in the low percentage single digits, from about 25 per cent several weeks ago.

There are now a total of about 6,500 infections which includes the 63 deaths.

Mr Morrison said some measures, like the rule requiring people to stand at least 1.5 metres apart, would likely remain for several months, given there was no guarantee a vaccine would be developed in that time.