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Sky News host Alan Jones says it should be “incumbent upon leaders to tell people that 99 per cent of cases are mild and 99.6 per cent recover”.

His comment responded to the fact Australia records approximately 440 deaths each day from a variety of causes but has only counted just over a hundred coronavirus deaths since March.

“How is that a pandemic?” he said.

He pointed out the Swine Flu of 2009 recorded 38,000 cases and 191 fatalities in Australia while coronavirus cases only reached 10,000 cases resulting in 113 deaths.

“There were no lockdowns, no border closures and no daily lectures alarmist lectures from politicians,” Mr Jones said.

“There is a cohort that is vulnerable, let’s look after them and let the rest get on with their lives”.

Shadow Minister for Environment and Water Terri Butler said “sometimes when you have a win and your parachute works, you don’t really notice how bad it could have been if the parachute hadn’t opened”.

She highlighted the importance of managing the disease to ensure the medical system was not overrun.

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