COVID-19 UPDATE: Wednesday 25 March, 2020
Wednesday 25 March, 2020
WEDNESDAY 25 MARCH 2020
The National Cabinet has held two meetings in the last 24 hours to discuss the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures that will be implemented to manage the spread of the virus.
Tuesday 24th March 2020:
The Federal Government announced on Tuesday 24th March that it has placed additional measures to restrict gatherings of people to further enforce social distancing across Australia.
These restrictions include further closures of public spaces and facilities and will apply from midnight, Wednesday 25th March.
The Prime Minister has reiterated that practicing good hygiene and keeping a healthy physical distance between individuals is our most powerful weapon in fighting the virus and saving lives.
It was also announced that a ban will be placed on Australians travelling overseas under the Biosecurity Act 2015. This came into effect at 12pm today, Wednesday 25th March. Exceptions will be managed by the Australian Border Force and will be applicable only where travel is essential or necessary, where travel is in our national interest, and on compassionate and humanitarian grounds.
It was also announced that the Commonwealth Government would be taking action to help prevent exploitive price gouging and exporting products that are essential to preventing and controlling the spread of coronavirus, such as face masks, sanitizers and vital medicines.
Wednesday 25th March 2020:
The Prime Minister announced at a press conference today that a new taskforce has been established to solve problems connected to the crisis. The National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) will be lead by Nev Power and will be made up by leaders from the business sector, non-for-profits and government agencies.
The commission has been designed to unlock resources, break bottlenecks and fix problems that Australians are facing as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The NCCC will work alongside the Chief Medical Officer to provide advice to the Prime Minister on all non-health aspects of the pandemic response.
It was also announced that all elective surgeries, except for Category 1 and “urgent” Category 2 cases, will be suspended from midnight Wednesday 25th March. This applies to both the public and the private system. Cancellation of elective surgery will allow the preservation of resources link personal protective equipment and allow health services to prepare for their role in the COVID-19 outbreak.
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