Top Doctor Said PM Is Ignoring Calls For Lockdown In Australia
Leading infectious disease expert Raina MacIntrye (pictured) believes the federal government's trickle down approach won't be enough to stop the transmission of COVID-19 across the country
An infection expert advising the Federal Government on its response to the [/news/coronavirus/index.html coronavirus] pandemic says Australia needs to 'go hard, go now' and scrap its current 'trickle' approach to fighting the deadly bug.
UNSW's Raina MacIntrye, who is part of an expert panel guiding the Government on the crisis, https://piratewiki.org/index.php/User:TobyCope20 recommends an immediate lockdown of the country, including the closure of schools.
Prof MacIntrye said the majority of the panel agree an immediate, short-term lockdown was needed, but the advice was being ignored.
'I was hoping we'd see a more comprehensive lockdown for a short period of time, but that is not the approach we're taking.
It's more a trickle sort of approach, a little bit by bit, which won't be as effective at stopping the transmission in the community,' she told the [ A sign urges beachgoers to keep their distance at Manly Beach in Sydney after the federal government's ban on congregating in public places on Monday
The infectious disease expert told ABC news the federal government needs to act hard and fast- and lock the country down to for the sake of public health and the economy
'The more you slam on the brakes, the more control you'll get of the epidemic, the more the cases will go down. The other alternative is to wait until things really get out of control and your health system starts to get infected.'
Prof MacIntrye said the economic hit to the country would be far greater in the long term if hardline action wasn't taken now.
'If you don't control the disease, your economic losses are going to be far greater and the recovery time is going to be a lot longer,' she said.
Advice was put together by a panel of academics from Australia's Group of Eight Universities and handed to Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt on Monday.
The government was urged to introduce 'strong immediate and co-ordinated social distancing measures' including shutting down schools and ramping up testing measures.
A food court in Sydney is almost empty as residents practice social distancing before the introduction of new restrictions around food courts on Wednesday night
But the government's current scope and scale of physical distancing measures is concerning the university panel.
They panellists are confident it will lead to a spike in cases and a higher numbers of deaths.
Professor MacIntyre believes it's not too late to stabilise the projected death toll, but it can only be done if 70-80 per cent of people stop contacting each other.
The panel is one of a number which has been established to guide the federal government through the current health crisis.
The government's current scope and scale of physical distancing measures including allowing free movement outdoors is concerning experts it won't stop the transmission of COVID-19
Other groups, including the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee, stopped short of calling for a total lockdown.
The Federal Government has been rolling out measures to restrict community contact, including the announcement of 'stage two' restrictions which will come into effect at midnight on Wednesday 25.
New measures included limiting the number of people at weddings to five and funerals to ten, limiting food courts at shopping centres to takeaway food only and shutting beauty salons.
A cafe in Sydney's Queen Victoria Building closes down after the announcement by the federal government on Monday calling for the closure of all cafes, restaurants and licensed venues in Sydney
But small group exercise sessions outdoors and visits to the shops have been allowed to continue, despite pleas for Australians to 'stay home' unless necessary.
Mr Hunt has stressed that 'stage two' was 'not the last stage' and a graduated series of steps to a full lockdown is still being considered.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said a full lockdown 'was not recommended' after announcing the raft of new measures during a press conference on Tuesday night.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Prime Minister's Office for comment.
UNSW Professor Raina MacIntyre believes it's not too late to stabilise the projected death toll but it can only be done if 70-80 per cent of people stop contacting each other]