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‘Highly unlikely’ we’ll return to lockdown, Health Minister says

Health Minister Greg Hunt says states and territories are not likely to return to a lockdown situation again once restrictions to curb COVID-19 are lifted.

Mr Hunt said in the case of any future outbreak of the coronavirus, “localised rings of containment” would instead be deployed.

“That is the model we have for Australia. If there is a suburban, facility-based, or regional outbreak, we want those localised rings of containment,” the Health Minister said.

Mr Hunt added that it would only be “if there was systemic, statewide” community transmission that a state or territory would revert back to a lockdown.

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