Greg Hunt will make both those announcements during his daily briefing, which today, will be at 1pm.
Things are moving so quickly with Covid-19, it is hard for even health care workers to keep up.
Another $1m will be spent to help train frontline health workers on how to better spot, and identify severe cases of the coronavirus in patients through CT scans, while another $2m will be spent on training “to understand the prevalence, improve diagnostic tests and develop innovative tools that limit transmission of coronavirus”.
Chief medical officer Brendan Murphy spoke to Fran Kelly on RN this morning.
He says Australia is in the suppression stage, but that it is still too complicated (and early) to speak about exit strategies.
On the New Zealand strategy of a complete shutdown – and how successful it will be in eliminating the virus from its own population, professor Murphy says:
“The question is that no one knows yet if it’s realistic” he says
While we all keep measuring time in phone battery percentages, there has been some more good news in how Australia is managing to flatten the curve this weekend:
With no agreement coming out of national cabinet as yet, states are starting to move individually on rental answers.
NSW is the latest, as AAP reports:
The NSW government has introduced a $440 million rent relief package along with measures to support landlords and tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic.
NSW commercial and residential tenants significantly impacted by COVID-19 will have greater protection from eviction as the state government puts $440 million towards rent relief in the form of land tax waivers or rebates.
The government’s six-month support package will include a moratorium on applications for forced residential evictions due to rental arrears for households financially disadvantaged by the pandemic.
Residential landlords and tenants will be required to negotiate rental payments in good faith in circumstances where a household has lost at least 25 per cent of its income because of the coronavirus.
Eligible tenants will be protected from eviction until the National Civil and Administrative Tribunal is satisfied negotiations have concluded, with any unpaid rent to accrue as arrears in that time.
Good morning and welcome to today’s coverage of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic here in Australia. Hope you’re having a relaxing Easter weekend.
In case you missed it, here’s what happened yesterday:
- The federal government talked down extending the jobkeeper payment beyond its current capacity, although treasurer Josh Frydenberg confirmed it would cost an extra $18bn (beyond the current $130bn) to include more casuals and others who have missed out on the payment.
- There were eleven new confirmed cases of coronavirus around the country bringing the total to 6,314, and three more deaths, taking the toll up to 59.
- A man in hotel quarantine in Melbourne died, his death is not being treated as suspicious.
- Tasmania will close down two hospitals in north-west Tasmania and clean them out after a number of infections were identified as being connected with the hospitals.
- A further shutdown of most retail outlets aside from those absolutely necessary will be in place in the region for the next two weeks.
- Some 112 passengers from the Antarctic cruise ship the Greg Mortimer touched down in Melbourne and, after medical checks, are headed for quarantine. About 16 New Zealanders went straight onto a smaller plane to return home.
- Victoria extended its state of emergency for four more weeks, to 11 May.
- Education minister Dan Tehan said costs for short courses in universities and tertiary settings would be cut, and he guaranteed no funding cuts for universities.
You have Amy Remeikis with you this morning