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Australia: Govt announced $130B package to fight Covid-19. Asks citizens to stay home

As of today (30 March 2020), there have been 4,245 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia out of which 18 have died from COVID-19. More than 226,000 tests have been conducted across Australia. There were 279 confirmed cases reported within 24 hours.

Positive news is there has been a decline of confirmed cases from previous day. Australian Prime Minster, Scott Morrison credits the social distancing and self-isolation is the reason.

Stage 3 restrictions are in place which restricts, public gatherings, excluding household members, have been reduced to a maximum of 2 people. PM Scott Morrison requested everyone should stay home unless they are: shopping for essentials, receiving medical care, exercising or travelling to work or education.

All the non-essential businesses which includes pubs, licensed clubs and hotels (excluding accommodation), gyms, skateparks, indoor sporting venues, cinemas, beauty salons, play centres and outside playgrounds, places of worship and other public places closed for operations. Huge fines are in place for violating the restrictions, in Victoria residents can be fined $1600 for having friends over for dinner under tough coronavirus laws.

Today, Australian Government has announced a $130 billion JobKeeper stimulus package, this the third and largest package the Government has announced in response to the coronavirus. Over the period of next 6 months this will help businesses with a fortnightly wage subsidy up to $1,500 per employee as part of a Federal Government bid to prevent millions of people from losing their jobs to the coronavirus pandemic.

Victorian premier (CM) emphasising on social distancing by always saying ““If you can stay at home, you must stay at home,”

Greg Hunt, Minister for Health has said the Australian Government is making telehealth a key weapon in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic by expanding Medicare-subsidised telehealth services for all Australians and providing extra incentives to general practitioners and other health practitioners.

Author
Raju Vemula
President Melbourne Telangana Forum Inc

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