The Australian Prime Minister spoke to 2GB about how the country has managed to deal with it’s outbreak of COVID-19. On the programme, Mr Morrison said the “death and destruction” in Italy and Britain had brought those countries no closer to a situation where there is widespread immunity. It comes as Australia has recorded less than 100 deaths, compared to nearly 30,000 in both the UK and Italy and more than 70,000 in the US.
He said: “This idea of herd immunity, nobody’s got herd immunity.
“The United States haven’t reached it, Sweden hasn’t reached it. The UK hasn’t reached it.
“You’ve got to get to about 60 percent of your population.
“Even with all the death and devastation we’ve seen in all of those countries, they’re nowhere near herd immunity.
“The idea that it’s some sort of path you can go down, that’s a death sentence.
“That’s not something that Australia has ever contemplated.”
“This could have all happened here. We could have gone down that path.”
Up until the UK went into lockdown towards the end of March, Boris Johnson’s government had envisioned 60 percent of the population – 40 million people – would become infected.
While many people would die, the majority would recover and attain “herd immunity”.
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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told ABC radio: “There will be some who actually say, it’s too generous.
“It’s too large.”
He also continues to insist the temporarily doubled JobSeeker payment will go back to $40 a day after the pandemic, adding: “I believe that Australia has a fair and decent welfare safety net.”
Businesses shuttered during the virus outbreak are being given industry-specific advice on how to reopen safely.
Australia has seen a total of 6,825 cases of coronavirus and a death toll of 95.
It’s closest neighbour New Zealand has seen 1,487 cases and a death toll of 20.
New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, will join Australia’s national cabinet meeting on Tuesday to discuss approaches to managing the coronavirus, including the possible implementation of a trans-Tasman “travel bubble” between the two countries.
Morrison said last Thursday: “If there’s any country in the world with whom we can reconnect with first, undoubtedly that’s New Zealand.”