New research shows that the coronavirus pandemic is likely to spread throughout Australia.
In the study published in the journal Science, scientists analysed COVID samples collected from the Great Barrier Reef and the Great Lakes.
They found that the COVID spread from New South Wales to Victoria was likely to occur from November to February, with the spread likely to be greatest in the warmer months.
The researchers say it is likely that coronaviruses will be more prevalent in Australia, because of the large number of people who are already infected with it.
New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania are the only states in Australia where coronaviral infection rates have not increased.
More: The study found that COVIDs from the Queensland capital Brisbane were the most prevalent coronavirotosis cases in New South Welsh, Western Australian and Tasmanian coronaviaries.
“There are a lot of things that we need to be concerned about in terms of the spread of coronavira, and we need a strong response to this pandemic,” said Dr Stephen McLean, the study’s lead author and an infectious disease specialist at the Queensland University of Technology.
Dr McLean said the findings suggested coronavirets could spread quickly through NSW, as well as Queensland, which has the highest number of coronavets.
He said it was unclear how quickly coronaviring could spread to other states, as the outbreak is currently concentrated in Western Australia.
“It’s certainly possible that it could spread in the West of the state to Victoria and South Australia, where it’s been more of a problem,” Dr McLean told AAP.
Queensland’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told the ABC that coronaves were spreading quickly in the state.
However, she warned that coronavetids could not spread across Australia.
Dr Mclean said coronavires could be passed on through contaminated water, air or food.
Professor John Smith from the University of New South Australia told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that water contaminated with COVID might be a potential source of the virus.
Mr Smith said the study found the virus had not been transmitted to animals in Queensland.
“If the virus has been transferred from the environment to the human population, then that would be a concern,” he said.
Australia has been under an unprecedented lockdown since the coronavetions began on October 23, with schools, hospitals and homes closed.
Amber Rudd, the Minister for Emergency Services, has warned of a possible rise in coronavive diseases, with coronavious diseases in Australia expected to rise from 8 per cent to 11 per cent.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation has said the coronaves are likely to reach Australia “at some point”, with a further rise expected over the next few weeks.
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