Coronavirus may hit Australia harder than China because of the country’s ageing population, a leading bio-security expert has warned. The flu-like virus, which spawned in Wuhan, China in December, is more severe in older people because their immune systems are weaker. In Australia 16 per cent of the population are over 65, compared to just nine per cent in China, where some 2,700 have died. On Thursday Prime Minister Scott Morrison extended Australia’s travel ban on China for another week. In a press conference, he said the coronavirus outbreak would soon enter a pandemic phase and the Australian government would initiate its emergency response plan. He said: ’We believe that the risk of a pandemic is very much upon us.’ This map shows the number of cases of coronavirus as of 10am Sydney time on Thursday The flu-like virus, which spawned in Wuhan, China in December, is more severe in older people because their immune systems are weaker (stock image) Professor Raina MacIntyre, the head of Biosecurity at the University of New South Wales’s Kirby Institute, warned Australia could be hit harder than China. ‘The disease is clearly more severe the older you get,’ she told Daily Mail Australia on Thursday…. Read full this story
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