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Chief Medical Officer warns Easter will be “very different”, but it’s not all bad news

Chief Medical Officer warns Easter will be “very different”, but it’s not all bad news

Chief medical officer Brendan Murphy has urged Australians to avoid the temptation of travelling or spending Easter long weekend with family and friends this year.

"Easter is going to be very different this year," he told reporters yesterday. "We're asking you to stay with your family, in your residence."

However, he confirmed that there has been some good news after Australia made the decision to close its borders, quarantine travellers and impose strict social distancing measures.

"We're in a good place at the moment, we're achieving good control because the community has done what we have asked," he said, according to the ABC.

"It's been hard, it's been really hard."

With a total of 5,687 cases reported and an increase of 139 cases in 24 hours, Professor Murphy is pleased by the low rise.

"That is probably the lowest rise we've had for a few days and it does tend to continue the trend we've seen of flattening of the curve," Professor Murphy said.

Professor Murphy explained that his biggest concern continued to be community transmission and the fact that 10 percent of people with coronavirus had no known contact with a COVID-19 case.

"We all know just how infectious this virus can be," he said.

"Just look at what it did on some cruise ships."