Australia Declares COVID-19 Will Become A Pandemic

Australia has declared COVID-19 may become a pandemic lasting up to 10 months, and extended its travel ban on visitors from China, as fears global containment measures have failed.

As well as increasing domestic preparedness, the government has also prepared economic stimulus to deal with the impact of a potential pandemic, especially for the education, tourism, and export sectors.

The plan involves an escalating series of responses, from self-isolation of suspected cases, enforced quarantining of known infectious patients, up to the closure of schools, cessation of public transport and advice – even orders – for people to work from home.

Sports arenas may be sequestered as quarantine sites; police could be ordered to guard critical medical supplies; and governments may order entire suburbs, cities or groups of people to undergo mass vaccinations (once a vaccine is developed).

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