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Australians could be cooped up in isolation until long after Christmas – with strict social distancing measures for up to two years Charlie Coë 5/04/2020

    Australians have been warned they could be cooped up in their homes until well after Christmas, while social distancing measures could last as long as two years.

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned on Friday Australians could expect six months of stringent social distancing measures as the national infection rate dropped to under 10 per cent. 

    But infectious disease expert Professor Peter Collignon said COVID-19’s seasonal nature meant the number of cases may not reduce significantly until the spring.

    ‘You know what the bad news is? We’re going to have to do a lot of this social distancing for another 18 months to two years,’ Professor Collignon, from the Australian National University, told

    ‘This virus is not going to go anywhere soon. We’ll have a reprieve next spring because there’s less transmission of viruses in summer.’ 

    He added the virus would continue to have an effect in Australia until a cure is found.

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