Australians are likely to have to change their way of life for at least six months as parts of the nation shut down to combat the coronavirus spread, the prime minister has warned.
Scott Morrison’s acknowledgement of the timeframe comes as states and territories declare public health emergencies, giving officials greater powers to detain people or restrict movements.
He’s also looking at ways to further boost the economy.
Mr Morrison called for the nation to work together to slow the spread of the virus, acknowledging Australians will face greater restrictions as they seek to carry on with their lives.
“This will be a difficult six months. It could be longer. It could be sooner than that,” he told ABC radio today.
The number of cases in Australia doubled over the weekend to more than 350, while the deaths of a 77-year-old and 90-year-old took the toll to five.The country’s deputy chief medical officer Paul Kelly said 80 per cent of cases would be mild and not require hospitalisation.

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