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AUSTRALIA’S best-selling refrigeration products have been hit by a new strain of the flu that is affecting large numbers of people, leaving manufacturers scrambling to find a way to cope.
Key points:Industry has been bracing for a flu pandemic since the pandemic beganLast year, the government said there was a 1% chance of a pandemic hitting Australia”Our response to this influenza is focused on helping people who have been exposed, and the majority of those who have received the influenza vaccine have been well,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at a news conference on Wednesday.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics said 1.5 million people were exposed to the flu, with more than 4,500 hospitalisations and 2,500 deaths.
The health department is now asking manufacturers to limit the use of refrigeration to 30 per cent of the household, and to reduce the use in restaurants to 15 per cent.
“These are extremely important decisions that have to be made and we have been putting them on the table for a while now,” chief executive of the National Hospital Authority, Professor Michael Kelly, told ABC Radio National.
“The industry is having to make very difficult choices to ensure we are meeting the needs of the Australian community.”
Industry and retailers have been braced for a pandemics worst outbreak since the virus first appeared in the US in October last year.
A number of manufacturers have faced financial difficulties, with retailers and food suppliers saying they will be under increasing pressure to close their outlets.
The latest figures show the number of hospitalisations recorded in Australia in the last 24 hours increased by 30 per of a million patients and 462 deaths, the Bureau of Meteorology said on Wednesday (local time).
Infectious disease deaths were up by 6,500 people.
The number of deaths recorded increased by 1,700 people, or 0.9 per cent, and cases were up slightly by 1 per cent from last week.
However, the numbers for the total number of infections and deaths rose slightly, by 0.4 per cent and by 536 people, respectively.