Ahead of a National Cabinet discussions about setting a timetable for easing coronavirus restrictions, the World Health Organisation has warned against lifting them too fast.
Federal and state leaders will meet on Thursday and are expected to draw up an exit strategy for Australia when the worst of the coronavirus is over.
“The way down is much slower than the way up. That means control measures must be lifted slowly and with control. It cannot happen all at once,” he said.
WHO warned that at-risk facilities, such as nursing homes and hospitals, would need to be monitored and transmission would need to be controlled.
There would also have to be preventive measures put in place for schools and work places. And authorities would have to manage the risk of the virus comiing in from overseas.
More than 6350 Australians had been infected with COVID-19 as of yesterday afternoon and 61 people had died.
Two more deaths were recorded overnight but there were only 46 new cases nationwide in 24 hours.
However, the low number of new infections could partly be due to less testing over Easter.
Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said it was important Australia maintained social distancing measures for the time being, as every single undetected community transmission could infect a lot of people.
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