Permitting gatherings to a most of 10 individuals beneath the primary stage of easing restrictions would enable groups of contact tracers to get on prime of outbreaks, he mentioned.
“We take a look at each single contact, we repeatedly take a look at contacts, we quarantine,” Professor Murphy mentioned, responding to questions from Greens senator Richard di Natale concerning the threat of a second wave of infections.
“Completely, there’s a threat, however we’re so significantly better ready now than we had been after we first launched bodily distancing measures.”
Requested which restrictions had been the simplest in flattening the curve of the epidemic, Professor Murphy mentioned it was tough to say when measures had been introduced across the similar time, however that proof from abroad steered that international locations which closed their borders had restricted the unfold.
Australian well being authorities’ personal modelling and knowledge confirmed that bodily distancing measures had been efficient in limiting group transmission, he mentioned.
A speedy enlargement of testing – with about 750,000 COVID-19 assessments having been carried out thus far – also needs to be credited, Professor Murphy instructed the listening to.
With two-thirds of COVID-19 circumstances in Australia acquired abroad, he mentioned, worldwide borders must stay closed.
“I can not see border measures materially altering for a while – and that presents an enormous drawback for the nation,” he mentioned.
He mentioned inner border closures had been a matter for the states and territories.