Australia Labor Minister Warns About Potential for Second Virus Wave

While Australians may be looking forward to the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, Labor says there are still concerns about a second wave of the virus in the community.

Australias handling of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus, is at a critical stage as some states start to ease restrictions and the national cabinet prepares to consider lifting some broader measures next week.

While this will be a relief to many Australians after weeks of isolation, a federal opposition frontbencher believes people are equally concerned about a “second wave” of a virus that other countries thought they had under control.

“I think everyone has really taken very seriously the experience of Singapore, which was, of course, lauded as a great example of how to manage the pandemic, and of course they have been struck by a very significant second wave,” Labors Andrew Giles told ABC television on Saturday. “And I think this is something that I am sure is on the minds of all the chief medical officers and everyone who sits around the national cabinet table.”

He said it would be equally as distressing for Australians if any easing of restrictions had to be reversed.

COVID Safe App

More than 3.5 million Australians have registered for the “COVID-Safe” app, which uses Bluetooth connections to determine who infected people came into close contact with.

“Certainly the national cabinet has made clear that we have that tracing capability,” Liberal backbencher Trent Zimmerman told ABC television. “Incredibly in just a week 3.5 million Australians have downloaded the app but we need to see several million more.”

However, he said it is too early to say what restrictions might be lifted.

The national cabinet will meet on Tuesday and Friday next week.

Giles said it has been “really striking” how Australians have responded to the crisRead More – Source