Professor Brendan Murphy said the group could be responsible for the spread of COVD-19 to older, more vulnerable Australians.
“It’s also clear that some people haven’t got it. I’m particularly talking to young people who may think they’re immune to the effects of this virus,” Prof. Murphy said.
“It’s true, most young people don’t get significant disease. But as a young person you don’t want to be responsible for the severe and possibly fatal disease of an elder, vulnerable Australians.
“We have to stop the rapid spread of this virus.”
Over the weekend, the NSW Government closed Sydney’s beaches after thousands of people packed out Bondi beach.
People were also seen at bars, cafes and restaurants.
“There has been very significant increase in (COVID-19) cases over the last few days. Still a lot of imported cases, but definitely soap community transmission,” Prof. Murphy said.
“The PM has said people have not been getting the messages…and we’ve recommended unanimously that these fairly dramatic and drastic recommendations be put in place because we have to stop those situations where viruses pass readily.
“We’ve had some events in Australia where 35 people have picked up the virus from one particular function. We cannot allow this sort of spread to happen.
“We have to all in every aspect of our life practice social distancing, good hygiene. These measures have to become our routine. We are going to live differently.”