What we know about the Ebola outbreak in Australia
Health Minister Sussan Ley said today that the country was on track to have no more than 1,000 new cases and no more deaths from the virus.
But she said more testing and testing is needed to see if the numbers are right.
“I am hopeful that we will get there,” Ms Ley said.
We are on track with 1,020 new cases, we’re not there yet but we are very close to that number.
She said that she hoped the virus would spread more slowly as it did in the US and New Zealand, and would be contained by the end of the week.
“We are still working with partners and we will be in touch with them on this,” she said.
The government has already put in place measures to prevent the spread of the virus, including a $1 million vaccination program.
In her first press conference since announcing the government would take measures to limit the spread, Ms Ley also said the government was looking at setting up a $25 million Ebola clinic in the country.
I want to make it clear that the Australian Government is actively considering the creation of a Ebola clinic.
However, she refused to confirm that the clinic would be in Sydney, a suburb of Melbourne.
Ms Ley said the facility would be set up in the state’s south, near Alice Springs.
A new federal strategy has also been set out for Ebola, which aims to target areas of the country where the virus has already been found.
But Ms Ley acknowledged that there were “significant gaps” in the strategy.
“It is a difficult process, but we do have a number of options available to us,” she told ABC News.
The government says it has been working with the Australian Federal Police to ensure the best possible response.
Australia is currently at a low level of the Ebola virus, with no new cases.
More to come.
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