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Coronavirus update 18th March 2020

Announcements by Scott Morison, Prime Minister

New restrictions announced by Scott Morison today include:

  • Australians ordered not to travel overseas, and Australians overseas asked to return ASAP.
  • A ban on non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people, in addition to the restrictions already in place on gatherings of more than 500 people outdoors. Note that this will affect religious gatherings at churches, mosques and other sites, and likely weddings and other celebrations. This will not affect public transport.
  • Biosecurity Emergency level 4 procedures have been activated [significantly increased travel restrictions, possible release of more funding, release of restrictions on student and some overseas trained medical staff]
  • Schools to remain open - individual schools may close based on outbreaks
  • Restriction of 2 visitors, once per day in aged care homes
  • No school visits to aged care homes
  • Persons recently returned from overseas and sick persons banned from aged care homes
  • All overseas Anzac Day services have been cancelled

The PM also mentioned the plan is focused on dealing with the virus over the next 6 months at least. It is unlikely this will stop being an issue within a short period of time.

Australians have also been implored to stop hoarding grocery items. Supply chains are not and are not predicted to be broken.

For further details about corona virus and what you can do to stay safe, see: COVID-19

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