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The Medical Journal of Australia has said Australia’s lockdown and other Covid-19 responses may have saved 16,000 lives, AAP reports.
The Medical Journal of Australia used mortality data from all causes in England and Wales during the first wave to estimate the consequences for a similar outbreak Down Under.
Researchers say it could have resulted in an extra 16,313 deaths in Australia during that time.
Bondi Beach is set to be closed off this afternoon as thousands of Sydneysiders enjoying the warm public holiday weather bring the beach near its Covid-19 safe capacity.
In what appears to be the first big test of its Covid plan for controlling crowds during summer, Waverley Council are warning people against travelling to the beach for the rest of the day.
If people continue to come to Bondi Beach and crowds grow further, restricted access to the sand is likely to be implemented within the next hour 2-3pm.
If you haven’t left for the beach yet, please rethink your trip and check on capacity later in the day.