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Australia Top doctor sensationally claims EVERYONE in Australia will contract coronavirus - as Scott Morrison warns the 'threat is upon us' and launches emergency plan

18:31  27 february  2020
18:31  27 february  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A top doctor has claimed everyone in Australia will get coronavirus as the government launches a pandemic plan.

Professor Ian Mackay from the University of Queensland said it's unlikely the deadly virus will ever be contained and all countries should prepare for the worst.

The doctor's claim came after Prime Minister Scott Morrison told the nation a coronavirus pandemic was 'very much upon us' and detailed a plan to stockpile medicines, create fever clinics and lock age-care homes down.

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The virology expert said it's unlikely the COVID-19 virus would 'go back in its box'.

'We're likely to have the virus ­become what we call an ­endemic virus, or a virus that's just with us for life,' Dr Mackay told The Australian.

'We already have four of these coronaviruses, mostly causing colds. We get them every year. They peak during winter but they still move around ­between us ­during the rest of the year as well. So it's likely this might become one of those.'

Scott Morrison, Paul Kelly are posing for a picture: Minister for Health Greg Hunt, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly give an update on the coronavirus at a press conference © Provided by Daily Mail Minister for Health Greg Hunt, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly give an update on the coronavirus at a press conference

'At some point in the coming months or years we're all going to get infected because we've all been infected by these other endemic viruses,' the virologist added.

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The Australian government activated an emergency plan to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, saying it had to prepare for a likely pandemic. “ We believe the risk of global pandemic is very much upon us and as a result, as a government, we need to take the steps necessary to prepare for such a

The government's emergency response plan would allow federal and state governments to contain the virus if there was an outbreak.

The World Health Organisation has not yet formally declared a global pandemic but the prime minister said Australia was effectively operating on the basis that there is one. 

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Mr Morrison on Thursday instructed Health Minister Greg Hunt to identify 'gaps in capabilities' within Australia's state-based health services as they combat the spread of the deadly, flu-like illness from China.

'We believe that the risk of a pandemic is very much upon us,' he told reporters in Canberra on Thursday. 

'We need to take the steps necessary to prepare for such a pandemic.' 

AUSTRALIA'S VIRUS PLAN

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said the risk of a global coronavirus pandemic impacting Australia is likely, releasing the government's Australian Health Management Plan on Thursday.

The government is currently at the 'Initial action stage' which includes:

* Health Minister Greg Hunt assumes powers under Biosecurity Act.

* Enhanced border screening measures and communications with incoming travellers.

* Medical stockpiles deployed to states and territories ready for use.

* Potential outbreaks investigated.

* National response coordinated with states and territories.

The declaration of a pandemic by the World Health Organisation or evidence of a large-scale, sustained transmission of the virus in Australia will move the government to a 'Targeted action stage', which would see:

* Department of Health coordinating response from National Incident Room.

* Health services surging staff numbers.

* Items from the National Medical Stockpile distributed to health services.

* Consideration of any border or social distancing measures.

* Response could be scaled up or down based on spread of virus.

If infection numbers reach a level that it can be contained by normal healthcare services, government moves to 'Standdown stage', which includes:

* Replenishing medical stockpiles.

* Resuming elective or non-urgent medical procedures.

* Monitoring for second wave of virus.

Mr Morrison said that during the past 24 hours, the 'rate of transmission of the virus outside of China is fundamentally changing the way we need to look at how this issue is being managed here in Australia'.

'As a result, we've agreed today and initiated the implementation of the coronavirus emergency response plan,' he said.

'Based on the expert medical advice we have received, there is every indication the world will enter a pandemic phase of the coronavirus.' 

Mr Hunt warned parliament the 'arc of the virus' continues to expand with confirmed first cases reported in Algeria, Brazil, Greece and Pakistan.

'Against that background, the very clear message for Australians is that we are not immune but we are well prepared,' he said.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Pedestrian wearing face masks walk past a display promoting the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games on February 26 © Provided by Daily Mail Pedestrian wearing face masks walk past a display promoting the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games on February 26 a woman talking on a cell phone: Two female cruise ship workers put on their face masks as coronavirus fears heighten across the globe © Provided by Daily Mail Two female cruise ship workers put on their face masks as coronavirus fears heighten across the globe

 The government extended the ban on travellers entering Australia from China for another week.

The COVID-19 coronavirus has infected more than 82,000 people worldwide since it originated in December at an animal market in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

So far 23 people in Australia have fallen ill with the virus. 

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 Face-mask clad passengers on board The Spectrum of the Seas cruise liner arrived at Sydney Harbour on Thursday, just hours after Australia launched an emergency plan to tackle the coronavirus outbreak.

The Royal Caribbean ship pulled into port with about 30 people on board, many who wore protective masks as they disembarked.   

As they stepped onto Australian soil, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told the nation a coronavirus pandemic was 'very much upon us'. 

A Royal Caribbean spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia no guests were on board the ship when it arrived on Thursday. 

She said the passengers were crew members sent to Australia to cater for firefighters who will be taken on a free four-day cruise along the country's east coast starting on Saturday to thank them for their efforts tackling the summer's bushfires. 

The spokeswoman said the ship has not been in China for more than two weeks, exceeding the public health guidelines. 

Royal Caribbean earlier this month announced dates for two free cruises open to volunteers who helped battle the bushfire crisis.  

The first four-night cruise will leave on Saturday, with the second on March 7. Both will travel north along Australia's coast before returning to Sydney.

Around 7,000 first responders and their families have booked for the complimentary voyage.

Earlier on Thursday, shelves of a Woolworths supermarket in the Sydney suburb of Bondi were stripped of medicine, toilet paper and food staples amid rising panic over coronavirus. 

Customers were greeted with near empty aisles when they arrived at the supermarket on Thursday night.

The grocery store appeared to be struggling to keep the shelves stocked with paracetamol, toilet paper, tea, milk, pasta, oats and rice crackers. 

a store filled with lots of luggage: The shelves of a Woolworths in the Sydney suburb of Bondi were stripped of medicine, toilet paper and food staples amid rising panic over coronavirus © Provided by Daily Mail The shelves of a Woolworths in the Sydney suburb of Bondi were stripped of medicine, toilet paper and food staples amid rising panic over coronavirus Customers were greeted with near empty aisles when they arrived at the supermarket on Thursday night © Provided by Daily Mail Customers were greeted with near empty aisles when they arrived at the supermarket on Thursday night

Earlier this week, one woman from Queensland's Gold Coast revealed her family had started breeding fish to eat in case of economic collapse.

Coronavirus has killed more than 2,800 people globally and can cause severe lung damage and trigger multiple organ failure, particularly among the elderly or frail. 

In Australia, 16 per cent of the population are over 65, compared to just nine per cent in China, where some 2,700 have died. 

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