Prime Minister Scott Morrison has addressed the nation on current restrictions announced to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Here are the key points from this morning’s press conference.
The only reason kids should not go to school is if they are sick and unwell. “The virus operates very differently amongst younger people. In terms of health and welfare of children – we are obviously concerned as parents, however I’m happy to follow the medical advice to keep schools open for now.”
Australians have been advised NOT to travel internationally. Although domestic travel is still allowed, the travel ban was upgraded to a ‘level 4’ for the first time in history. The travel industry is expected to be affected greatly – with the Government providing stimulus packages for affected industries.
Events, places of worship, clubs, and social gatherings with more than 100 people will be cancelled or postponed, affecting “Australia’s way of life”. This will be implemented for up to 6 months at this point in time.
Further restrictions on Aged Care visits have been applied, including a ban on visits from anyone under the age of 18, no visits from school groups or other community organisations, and anyone without a flu vaccination from May will not be able to visit.
There are limitations on current visitation circumstances including a limit to only 2 people per visit, no access to communal areas, and all visits to be conducted outdoors.
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According to medical experts, “A two week lockdown will do nothing”. A lockdown is “not medically effective” for the current circumstances Australia’s experiencing. A sustainable and scalable long term approach has been advised to tackle the ongoing spread of COVID-19.
According to the Prime Minister, any measure that is put in place “we will have to live with for 6 months”. Experts have advised that a lockdown will do nothing apart from put the economy at risk. “We put tens of thousands of jobs at risk if we implement a lockdown.”
Changes to work restraints in Healthcare may mean up to 20,000 nursing and other emergency service students due to graduate will have study fast tracked over the next 6 months.
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