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Australia closed its borders to international travellers in March

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Lockdown measures designed to stop the spread of the coronavirus in Australia seem to also be suppressing the country’s flu season.

Australia’s flu season normally peaks during its winter months, from June to August. But cases often start to build around January, as travellers from the northern hemisphere bring the virus into the country.

This year, Australia began with relatively high flu rates: it had 6962 laboratory-confirmed flu cases in January and 7161 in February. However, cases have since nosedived, with 5884 recorded in …

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