Good evening, and welcome to our daily meeting about the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in Australia. This Calla Wahlquist brings you the main story on Friday April 24.
An old care provider notifies the restrictions
Scott Morrison has warned elderly care providers to relax restrictions or face stronger regulations that will prevent them from locking down citizens without commonwealth approval. The prime minister said that elderly service providers had previously notified not to limit occupants beyond the actions recommended by the Australian Head of Health Protection Committee, but despite warnings that some houses do not allow visitors and limit occupants to their rooms even when no outbreak occurs. ‘
Morrison said there were reasonable circumstances – like the plague in Newmarch House, a nursing home in NSW, where five people were killed – Where to impose stronger restrictions to protect the population. “But more broadly, people are trapped in their rooms, can’t be visited by their loved ones and caregivers and other supporters, that’s okay,” he said.
Testing is expanded nationally
Each state and territory has now expanded its testing criteria, which is the first three steps what Morrison said must be before the national cabinet considers lifting restrictions on social distance. The other two steps are enhanced contact tracing and enhanced local response capabilities. Australia’s chief medical officer, Brendan Murphy, said arrangements to test asymptomatic people in frontline work were under way.
It seems that sports and recreation restrictions will be lifted first. The national cabinet on Friday began working on a set of national principles in which professional and community sports clubs, and individual recreational activities, were allowed to continue. The AFL says it will announce the season return date next week, while the NRL is still aiming for May 28.
The death toll rose to 79
Australia recorded only 13 new cases overnight, while the national death rate rose to 79. A 79-year-old woman, who was part of a group of cases in northwest Tasmania, died overnight; a passenger from an Artania cruise ship dies at a hospital in Western Australia; and a fifth resident in Sydney’s old Newmarch House nursing home died on Friday. Health Authorities in Victoria, where six new cases were recorded overnight, are investigating a new cluster at a private inpatient psychiatric facility in Melbourne. So far 14 people, including five patients, have tested positive for Covid-19 in connection with this outbreak.
Concerns about US access to tracking data
It is illegal to access data collected by a proposed contact tracking application for any purpose other than contact tracking, the federal government said. The data will be placed on the Amazon Web Services server, located in Australia, raising concerns that the US government will be able to access the data because of laws that allow it to access data held by US companies. The minister of government services, Stuart Robert, said security would be guaranteed by the Biosafety Act, where it would be a criminal offense to transfer data to countries other than Australia.
Virgin Australia’s plane was blocked at Perth airport
Virgin Australia owed $ 6.8 billion to 120,000 creditors went to administration on Monday, citing the impact of coronavirus. Federal court judge John Middleton, who gave the administrator until next Thursday to hold a creditor meeting, noted that he might be a creditor, because he had booked flights with the airline for July and was a member of his lounge club. Meanwhile at Perth airport, Virgin’s aircraft have been parked because the airline owes $ 16 million in fees for using airfields and terminals. The airport said blocking aircraft was “standard practice”.
The struggle for school continues
The federal government is encouraging schools to reopen, with Morrison stressing that there are no requirements under national health advice for classrooms to ensure students are 1.5m apart, with four square meters per child, at all times. But all countries have adopted different positions. Public schools in Western Australia will offer face-to-face teaching starting Monday, and WA prime minister Mark McGowan says independent and Catholic school parents who do not continue face-to-face teaching must ask for discounts on their school fees.
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