Australian scientists have found that the virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces for far longer than first thought.

Surfaces such as the glass on mobile phones, stainless steel, vinyl and paper banknotes are considered among the best at harbouring the virus.

The national science agency, the CSIRO, said the research undertaken at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) in Geelong also found that SARS-CoV-2 survived longer at lower temperatures.

It said in a statement the virus survived longer on paper banknotes than on plastic banknotes and lasted longer on smooth surfaces rather than porous surfaces such as cotton.

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