- COVID-19 UPDATE: Monday 6 April, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE: Monday 6 April, 2020
MONDAY 6 APRIL 2020
A press conference was held at Parliament House on Friday 3 April, 2020 following a National Cabinet meeting.
The Chief Medical Officer Dr Brendan Murphy provided an update on the measures underway on the latest data and medical advice in relation to coronavirus.
National Cabinet stressed the critical importance of continuing to adhere to self-isolation, social distancing and quarantine arrangements for returned travellers. Leaders also highlight the importance of people who are self-isolating registering on the COVID-19 app.
Governments are working together to increase supplies of personal protective equipment such as masks, hand sanitiser and gloves. New supplies for the National Medical Stockpile are continuing to be sourced from overseas suppliers and domestic manufacturers.
Updates were provided regarding:
- Religious Services – churches and other places of worship, will be considered places of work so that services can be live streamed to the community. This will ensure that religious services, including Easter services, remain accessible to congregations.
- Easter Holidays – National Cabinet reminded Australians that social distancing must continue at Easter and agreed that Australians should stay at home this Easter and not undertake unnecessary holiday travel.
- Commercial Tenancies
- Further announcements around the issue of commercial tenancies was communicated. The National Cabinet has agreed that a mandatory code of conduct guided by certain principles will be developed and subsequently legislated by State and Territory Governments to apply for tenancies where the tenant is eligible for the Commonwealth Government’s JobKeeper assistance and is a small- or medium-sized enterprise (less than $50 million turnover).
- Land tax waivers and deferrals will be provided to landlords and tenants that sign up to the code of conduct.
- Childcare & Education
- The Australian Government’s Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) relief package was announced.
- The relief package will provide families with free child care, while also offering certainty to ECEC services at a time where enrolments and attendance are highly unpredictable.
- It was agreed that ECEC services will remain open for all families who require care.
Read the Media Statement: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/update-coronavirus-measures-030420
In other updates:
The Morrison Government announced that free child care will be provided during the coronavirus pandemic that will help deliver hip pocket relief and help the early childhood education and care sector. Read the Media Release: https://www.pm.gov.au/media/early-childhood-education-and-care-relief-package (2 April 2020)
Investigations are ongoing into the cluster of cases identified at Adelaide Airport last week. The first case related to the cluster received a positive test result on 27 March. Anyone who is sick with symptoms of COVID-19 and have been at the airport, including in the terminal or car park, in the last 14 days should present for testing. More info: https://www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/public+content/sa+health+internet/about+us/news+and+media/all+media+releases/covid-19+update+5+april+2020
The $45.7 million expansion of the Flinders Medical Centre Emergency Department will be brought forward by four months to counter the impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more: https://www.premier.sa.gov.au/news/media-releases/news/fmc-expansion-bought-forward-to-combat-covid-19 (2/4/2020)
The state government has adapted Adelaide’s public transport network to provide the best and safest service to the community during the coronavirus crisis. Several services will be temporarily suspended from 3 April 2020. More info: https://www.premier.sa.gov.au/news/media-releases/news/public-transport-changes-in-response-to-coronavirus (3/4/2020)
Dozens of extra paramedics have been fast-tracked to boost the State’s frontline health defence as the state prepares for the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. An additional 97 new recruits are ready to join their frontline colleagues as the State Government rolls out its strong response to the challenges posed by the virus. Read more: https://www.premier.sa.gov.au/news/media-releases/news/more-paramedics-to-boost-covid-19-response (5/4/2020)
Ensuring vulnerable South Australian have food on the table, can pay their bills and have access to financial counselling services is the focus of a $1.6 million state government funding boost targeted at helping those most in need at this unprecedented time. The additional funding to relief organisations, NGOs and charities will be spent over the next three months as demand surges for their services. Read more: https://www.premier.sa.gov.au/news/media-releases/news/$1.6-million-funding-boost-to-help-vulnerable (5/4/2020)
SA businesses whose employees qualify for the Federal Government’s historic $1500-a-fortnight JobKeeper support payments will be exempt from paying any payroll tax on the wage subsidy, the state government has announced. Read more: https://www.premier.sa.gov.au/news/media-releases/news/jobkeeper-payments-exempt-from-payroll-tax (5/4/2020)
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