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‘Expect the virus to return’: Victoria urged to remain vigilant despite ‘elimination’ of COVID-19 – Sydney Morning Herald

After a long, tough second lockdown, Victoria has achieved 28 days without a new case of coronavirus, but experts warn we are nowhere near eradicating the virus….

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Professor Toole said there was no universal definition of elimination, but with other infectious diseases it means a prolonged period of zero cases.
For measles, the World Health Organisation demands no community transmission for at least 36 months. Of all the human pathogens that have circulated the world, only small pox has officially been deemed to have been eradicated globally.
He noted coronavirus had frequently re-emerged in states and countries where is was believed to have been eliminated,…

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