Concerns about mass crowding by Australians could trigger wave two of infections.
Australia’s Chief Medical Officer today said Australian shoppers should consider quickly leaving or not entering crowded shopping malls.
Epidemiologists are worried that as Australian lockdown measures are lifted, large gatherings of people in places liked shopping malls could trigger a new wave of covid spread.
“If you are arriving at a shopping centre and you find a crowd at an escalator not wanting to practise social distancing or crowding together, don’t go in. Leave. Come back later,” Professor Brendan Murphy said today.
“If you are going to a shopping centre to buy something, go and buy something, but don’t hang around the shopping centre for half-an-hour mingling for no purpose,” he said.
The CMO held a press conference in Canberra today. The Professor was responding to media questions after images on social media and video broadcast on TV news bulletins Saturday showed massive gatherings of people across major shopping centres.
Sydney shopping centres seemed to be much busier this weekend than any time since the crisis began.
The Sydney News Authors