Shane Warne hammers PM Scott Morrison over coronavirus update

  • Shane Warne hammers PM Scott Morrison over coronavirus update

Shane Warne hammers PM Scott Morrison over coronavirus update

Cricketing great Shane Warne has lashed Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison over his confusing Covid-19 address.

Weddings and funerals in Australia will also cease unless they have fewer than five to 10 people present, as the Prime Minister ordered the indefinite closure of places including libraries, beauty therapy clinics and places of worship.

The public was quick to react on social media, with many expressing confusion over what they were allowed to do or calling for a complete lockdown of non-essential services.

"That will turn into a ban using the biosecurity powers that were afforded to us by the Governor-General through the Minister for Health", he said.

"Barbecues of lots of friends or even. extended family coming together to celebrate one-year-old birthday parties and all these sorts of things - we can't do those things now", he said.

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"Let's learn from the mistakes other countries have made".

Boot camps involving up to 10 people will still be allowed.

"You can see what we're trying to do, we're trying to limit the gathering of people in large numbers that can relate to the transmitting of the virus through those social interactions".

In a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Australian Government is urging Australians to stay at home. "I'm not going to do that lightly", he said.

"The prime minister's first problem is that he often sounds angry and frustrated with the public ... it doesn't make people feel respected or involved with the decision making", Dr Hooker added.

"We are very anxious about the rate of the rise", said Professor Brendan Murphy, Australia's chief medical officer. "And he was very clear in his communication as well".

"It's going to be a tough year in 2020 and one of the things I don't want to have yielded up is a year of a child's education, which is so important".

"Listening to the PM like everyone here in Australia and what I understood was, "It's essential, unless it's not".

"That importantly, keep schools open, that will also protect those teachers and other staff that are working in schools, and to work through those issues so we can put acceptable arrangements in place to ensure children get taught".

The WHO's guidelines for effective communication draws on six principles: accessible, actionable, credible and trusted, relevant, timely, and understandable.

"No-one should be getting on a plane and going overseas", Mr Morrison said.

Mr Morrison said some states would be considering criminal penalties for people who hold large house parties.

Coronavirus symptoms can range from mild illness to pneumonia, according to the Federal Government's website, and can include a fever, coughing, sore throat, fatigue and shortness of breath.

The bulk of cases (56 per cent) in Australia have occurred in people under the age of 50.