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A senior health expert says the Victorian government should consider shutting down the public transport network to stem the coronavirus spread.
However, other medical experts say halting the state's public transport would be a "nuclear button" that authorities could push if the coronavirus gets out of control.
A quiet tram stop on St Kilda Road. Public transport usage dropped considerably this week amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus. CREDITANIEL POCKETT
The government says it will continue to operate public transport, albeit with increased cleaning, as it remains an essential service.
Swinburne University Dean of Health Professor Bruce Thompson said the government should do everything in its power, including stopping public transport, to reduce transmission of the virus.
"If the government has said fewer than 100 people should gather, then that makes a lot of sense, but there's more than 100 people on the train, so be consistent," Professor Thompson said.
"We know how this can spread, like in Italy and China ... it's going to happen and be a big problem in a few months time, so we need to do everything we can."
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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