A meeting of the national cabinet to discuss COVID-19. (Image: AAP/Alex Ellinghausen)

The national cabinet will tomorrow decide whether groups of up to 10 will be able to meet by Mother’s Day, experts warn suicide rates could spike, and a mutant strain of COVID-19 is spreading.

Mental health the next calamity

Suicide rates in Australia could increase by up to 50%, equating to an extra 1500 deaths per year over the next five years as the coronaviurs wreaks havoc on our economy and social systems.

The modelling, conducted by the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Centre and backed by the Australian Medical Association, also predicts unemployment, school dropouts and family crises could further affect the economy.