Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Auslan Updates

On this page, we will be providing regular Auslan only video updates accompanied by a English text summary. These will also be posted on our social media channels: Facebook, InstagramTwitter.

The information is changing quickly, so regularly check this page and our social media for our latest update.


Coronavirus Auslan Update - 6 April, 2020, 5:00pm

Confirmed cases of COVID-19:

Australia – 5,793 (yesterday there were 5,668), 40 deaths.

Victoria – 1,158 (yesterday there were 1,135), 10 deaths. 

Tasmania – 86 (yesterday there were 82), 2 deaths.

Global news:

  • British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital for tests.
  • A tiger in a New York Zoo has COVID-19.

National news:

  • Update on Ruby Princess Situation in NSW and Australia wide impact.
  • More people can now be tested for COVID-19.

Victorian news:

  • 180 more fines have been issued after 980 checks.
  • Some Protective Service Officers will now work in other areas as demand on public transport decreases.

Tasmanian news:

  • More cases of COVID-19 in healthcare workers and Ruby Princess passengers.
  • Outbreak in Northwest area a concern with nearby public and private hospitals helping with increased patient numbers.
  • One person who left a mandatory quarantine in Launceston has been arrested and will face court.

Reminders: 

  • Remember, there are only 4 reasons to leave your home- for medical attention or supplies, for essential shopping, for exercise or for work/school if you can’t do this from home.
  • See comments for more information and Interpreted press conferences.

Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/datablog/ng-interactive/2020/apr/01/coronavirus-cases-in-australia-map-confirmed-numbers-stats-how-many-cases-of-covid-19-nsw-maps-victoria-live-data-qld-sa-wa-tas-nt-act-latest-statistics-update

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-06/victoria-coronavirus-death-toll-rises-as-cases-increase/12124156

https://www.facebook.com/petergutweinmp/videos/534993307412990/ 

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/boosting-the-flow-of-essential-goods/

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-06/coronavirus-cases-link-to-tasmania-north-west-regional-hospital/12124336

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/boosting-the-flow-of-essential-goods/

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-06/tiger-at-new-yorks-bronx-zoo-tests-positive-for-coronavirus/12124410

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-06/boris-johson-hospitalised-with-coronavirus-as-precaution/12124082

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-05/ruby-princess-cruise-coronavirus-deaths-investigated-nsw-police/12123212

https://www.facebook.com/7NEWSMelbourne/videos/2617986358477865/


 

Coronavirus Auslan Update - 5 April, 2020, 5:00pm

Confirmed cases of COVID-19:

  • Australia – 5,668 (yesterday there were 5,454), 34 deaths.
  • Victoria – 1,135 (yesterday there were 1,115), 8 deaths. 573 people have recovered.
  • Tasmania – 82 (yesterday there were 80), 2 deaths.

National news:

  • The ABC National News on channel 24 will be Auslan interpreted tonight.
  • Information regarding mask use provided by Professor Paul Kelly.

Victorian news:

  • New “Hotels for Heroes” program announced.
  • More Victorians fined for not following Stage 3 restrictions.
  • Further information on COVID-19 in your local council area now available.

Tasmanian news:

  • More restrictions on the use of holiday shacks and boats.
  • People will no longer be warned, they will be given a fine if not following the rules.
  • 3 healthcare workers form Northwest Hospital diagnosed with COVID-19, also a child from a cruise ship.

Good news: the Easter Bunny is considered an essential service so will still be allowed to deliver Easter eggs!

Reminders:

  • ABC national news (on ABC channel 24) tonight at 6pm for the news with Auslan Interpreters and Deaf segment in Auslan.

Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/datablog/ng-interactive/2020/apr/01/coronavirus-cases-in-australia-map-confirmed-numbers-stats-how-many-cases-of-covid-19-nsw-maps-victoria-live-data-qld-sa-wa-tas-nt-act-latest-statistics-update

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/supporting-workers-on-the-frontline-of-coronavirus-fight/

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-04/coronavirus-covid-19-face-masks-paul-kelly-australians/12122042

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-update-victoria-5-april-2020

https://www.facebook.com/petergutweinmp/videos/221698808942993/


Coronavirus Auslan Update - 3 April, 2020, 4:30pm

There are now over 1 million cases of COVID-19 worldwide.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19:

  • Australia – 5,316 (266 more than yesterday), 27 deaths.
  • Victoria – 1,085 (49 more than yesterday), 7 deaths. 447 people have recovered.
  • Tasmania – 74 (2 more than yesterday*), 2 deaths.

National news:

  • Positive signs of slower increases due to Australians following the rules.
  • A reminder that these rules may be in place for 6 months.
  • A new Government website with daily updates will be launched soon.
  • There will be more announcements about support for tenants and landlords but people who can pay their rent, must continue to do so.

Victorian news:

  • There are now 62 cases of community transmission not at all linked to someone from overseas.
  • Some Victoria Police station front desks have closed to focus on COVID-19 work but you can still get police help by calling or via their website.

Tasmanian news:

  • Term 2 for schools will commence with a focus on at home and online learning.
  • Parents who need to send their children to school so they can work, can do so.
  • Due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases in Devonport, anyone with symptoms can now be tested.
  • A tour guide linked to 2 mainland visitors now has COVID-19.
  • The Tasmanian borders may be closed for some time to mainland visitors.

Reminders:

  • Only leave your house for essential shopping, medical care, exercise, or work/school.
  • *Please note Stef accidentally signed “5 more” for Tasmania- should be only 2 more.

 Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/datablog/ng-interactive/2020/apr/01/coronavirus-cases-in-australia-map-confirmed-numbers-stats-how-many-cases-of-covid-19-nsw-maps-victoria-live-data-qld-sa-wa-tas-nt-act-latest-statistics-update

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-03/coronavirus-live-blog-updates-covid-19-australia/12116038

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-03/coronavirus-tasmania-devonport-testing-school-term-two/12117406

http://www.premier.tas.gov.au/releases/term_2_learning_for_tasmanian_government_school_students

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-update-victoria-3-april-2020

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-02/free-childcare-explainer-coronavirus-covid-19/12115062


 

Auslan summary update - 2 April 2020, 4:30pm

Confirmed cases of COVID-19:

  • Australia -5,050 (yesterday 4,707), 23 deaths (yesterday 20).
  • Victoria – 1,036 (yesterday 968), 5 deaths.
  • Tasmania - 72 (yesterday 69), 2 deaths.

In national news:

  • the Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that there will now be a program for free childcare for parents who need to go to work.

In Victoria, Flu shots and other vaccines are now more easily available for some people at pharmacies or during a pharmacy visit.

  • There are some changes to how Victoria Police will operate their stations with more police officers focusing on COVID-19 work rather than being available for walk-in support at police stations or community activities. Please contact police by phone (131 444) through the NRS, online or call 000 in an emergency. Police are stepping up their work in making sure the community follow the rules about COVID-9 and will continue to issue fines for people or businesses doing the wrong thing.

In Tasmania, more restrictions have been put in place.

  • Races- both horse and greyhounds are now banned, TABs will be closed, and garage sales must stop.
  • Farmers markets can continue to operate only with fresh food.
  • Food trucks are no longer allowed to be open.

A reminder to everyone to only leave your home if you must- for essential shopping; medical appointments or care; work or school if you can’t from home; or exercise.

Please see below for sources and other links with more information:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/datablog/ng-interactive/2020/apr/01/coronavirus-cases-in-australia-map-confirmed-numbers-stats-how-many-cases-of-covid-19-nsw-maps-victoria-live-data-qld-sa-wa-tas-nt-act-latest-statistics-update

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/giving-victorians-easier-access-to-life-saving-vaccines/

https://www.pm.gov.au/media/early-childhood-education-and-care-relief-package

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-02/coronavirus-death-toll-cases-rises-victoria/12112254

https://www.facebook.com/petergutweinmp/videos/676607799742272/


Auslan summary update - 1 April 2020, 4:30pm

Cases

Australia - 4,707 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 20 deaths.

Victoria - 968 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (51 more cases than yesterday)

Tasmania - 69 (no change from yesterday)

Premier of Victoria at press conference today

  • Victorian Government will fund $1.3 billion to support our medical care services. The funding will increase ICU beds from 500 to 4,500 and additional equipment for ICU in Victoria. Also, the funding will support to provide training for nurses, doctors and health care workers to increase staff numbers in ICU.
  • Now 10 people or businesses have received fines for not following the rules on businesses that need to shut or social distancing.
  • For Victorians: If you do not follow the Stage 3 restrictions, you will be fined with $1,652 or $9,913 for businesses.

Tasmania

  • There were no new cases from yesterday detected yet, but people must continue to be careful and stay inside to stop community transmissions.
  • For Tasmanians: If you do not follow the restrictions, you will be fined up to $16,800 or 6 months jail. More information about restrictions in Tasmania is in comment section.

What is “community transmission” and “contact tracing” and why are these important to help slow the spread? 

Reminder

  • It is important to stay home and do not go out unless it is necessary. You cannot visit your partner for socials reason, you should not go out without 4 reasons - food & medicine shopping, exercise, work or school and health support.
  • Even if you do leave your home, you should still follow the rules for physical distancing.

Sources:

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-current-situation-and-case-numbers

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/huge-expansion-of-our-health-system-to-fight-coronavirus/

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-update-victoria-1-april-2020

https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/media-releases/keeping-tasmanians-safe-and-secure-stay-home,-save-lives

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-01/coronavirus-cases-in-victoria-rise-health-funding-boost/12108052


 

Auslan summary update - 31 March 2020, 4:30pm

Cases:

  • 4,413 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 250 more cases.
  • 19 deaths - 1 more from Tasmania happened last night.
  • VIC - 917 (96 more cases) 291 have recovered.
  • TAS - 69 (5 more cases) Two deaths from Tasmania is from the cruise.

Heath Minister address today

  • The spread rate is slowing which is great but there is lot of work to slow down the spread of COVID-19 as possible.
  • Federal Government is currently collaborating with private hospitals to keep them open and the beds available for everyone especially for those who need intensive care. Private hospitals will support those who are in need, you do not need any health insurance to receive care from private hospitals. 

JobKeeper Payment

  • The purpose of the subsidy is to keep businesses survive through the pandemic and keeping people in job. The subsidy will start now but the money will not be available 'til May.
  • If you are an eligible employee - staff or casual, you will receive your pay directly from the employers after the employers receive their funding from government. However, it is up to the employers to apply for this JobKeeper subsidy if your workplace is eligible.
  • If your workplace is receiving the subsidy, you will receive minimum of $1,500 a fortnight even if your pay is less.
  • If you were employed after 1 March and even if you were stood down between 1 March and now, you are eligible to receive the payment.

Victorian Heath Minister & Chief Heath Officer Press conference today:

  • Found 4 pre-school children confirmed of COVID-19 cases and they are not severely ill. Currently there is no evidence that the children have spread the virus.
  • 1 case transmitted from someone who came from overseas. 3 cases is still in investigation.
  • Pub in Fitzroy was fined of $9,900 after not following the restrictions as announced from Victorian Premier.

Reminders:

  • Public gatherings still at limit to 2 people only. You should only have 4 reasons to leave the house: for work or school (if you can’t work or school from home); getting supplies like food or medicine; medical care like GP appointment; or for exercise.
  • Even if you do leave your home, you should still follow the rules for physical distancing.
  • Please look in the comments on this Facebook post as we often add other links for more information.

Sources:

https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/resources

https://www.health.gov.au/ministers/the-hon-greg-hunt-mp/media/australian-government-partnership-with-private-health-sector-secures-30000-hospital-beds-and-105000-nurses-and-staff-to-help-fight-covid-19-pandemic

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/mar/31/coronavirus-australia-update-live-nsw-queensland-victoria-subsidise-wages-jobkeeper-scott-morrison-covid19-fines-latest-news

https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/media-releases/coronavirus-update5

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-31/victoria-coronavirus-cases-rise-firearm-ban-fitzroy-pub-fined/12105046


Auslan summary update - 30 March 2020.

Cases:

  • There are 4,163 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. 18 deaths.
  • VIC - 821 - 52 cases increase.
  • TAS - 66 - No updated information yet.
  • Tasmania recorded their first death relating COVID-19 today.

National updates from Prime Minister:

  • National Cabinet agreed to change maximum number of people allowed to gather to 2.  People who live in the same home as you are not affected.
  • New rules for people renting business or residential properties. No one can be evicted in the next 6 months if they cannot pay their rent because of financial problems due to COVID-19.
  • People over 70 are encouraged not to leave the house. This is the same for people over 60 with existing diseases or over 50 if they are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders.
  • PM Scott Morrison also held a press conference today to explain more financial support for businesses so they can continue to pay workers even if there is little or no work for them. This can be for full time, part time and casual employees so talk to your boss to see if this can help you keep your job.

Victoria:

  • Victorian Premier have announced Victoria is in Stage (Level) 3 restrictions (strict rules) will start from midnight tonight.
  • This means that skate parks, playgrounds or outdoor gyms will now be closed.
  • On the spot fines can be given to people or businesses who are not following these rules.
  • If you want to travel & stay at your own holiday home, you are allowed to do so.

Tasmania:

  • If you fail to follow their restrictions, the police force will arrest and charge you for not following the rules.
  • You are not allowed to travel & stay between your primary and secondary (holiday) homes. 

Reminders:

  • You should only have 4 reasons to leave the house: for work or school (if you can’t work or school from home); getting supplies like food or medicine; medical care like GP appointment; or for exercise.
  • Even if you do leave your home, you should still follow the rules for physical distancing.
  • Please look in the comments on this Facebook post as we often add other links for more information.

 Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2020/mar/30/coronavirus-update-live-australia-news-nsw-qld-victoria-scott-morrison-press-conference-covid-19-restrictions-public-gatherings-cruise-lockdown-app-latest-updates

https://www.pm.gov.au/media/national-cabinet-statement

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-from-the-premier-35/

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-30/tasmania-records-first-coronavirus-death/12101078


 

Auslan summary update - 29 March 2020.

Cases:

  • Australia has 3,935 (almost 4,000) confirmed cases of COVID-10, 14 deaths.
  • VIC – 769. Today up 84, yesterday- Saturday up 111. Now, 4 people have died in Victoria.
  • TAS – 62. 20 more than Friday.
  • You may have also seen on the news that British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has COVID-19 so this is proof that anyone can get it.

How is COVID-19 spreading and what is the Government doing to slow the spread?

  • It has been discovered that most cases of COVID-19 in Australia are from people who were recently overseas- many different countries not just China, Italy or the US.
  • We know that returning travelers have been told by the Government for several weeks now to self-quarantine at home for 14 days, however some have not been doing this. This has allowed the virus to spread from person to person.
  • You may have seen on the news that people arriving from overseas will now be taken to hotels by the police and army staff for quarantine. This is not because they definitely have COVID-19, but to protect the community just in case they do and are not aware.
  • These people will be given food, any required medications and care and will not have to pay for the hotel stay.
  • The Government is doing this because people who have been overseas have a very high chance of being exposed to the virus and the risk of them spreading it is high.

Announcements from the Government Press Conference today:

  • New WhatsApp service you can sign up to receive updates about COVD-19 in Australia. You can sign up by going to aus.gov.au on your mobile phone and follow the clicks to send the message and then updates can be sent by the Government to your WhatsApp.
  • iPhone and Android App - You can access Government information about COVID-19.
  • Federal Government announced it will allocate $1.1 billion to support better telehealth services (this means appointments with your Dr via phone or Skype so some people don’t need to go into a clinic) and funding for mental health and domestic violence support services as need for these can increase at this time.
  • You may have seen information about Stage (Level) 1, 2 or 3. The states relate to rules becoming more strict about businesses having to close, rules about social gatherings and overseas travel for example. At the moment we are in Stage 2, but this may change to 3 which is more strict- this may happen in some states before it happens in other places.
  • National cabinet meeting again tonight so there may be more updates - tonight or tomorrow.

 Reminders:

  • Even if you are well, have not recently returned from overseas or had contact with someone who has COVID-19, wash your hands often and stay home if you can. If it is essential for to go out for food or medicine- please practice Social Distancing. Social Distancing saves lives.
  • Please follow the advice of Police officers as the are following the rules and are trying to keep us safe. Some states now allow Police to give on the spot (immediate) fines to people and businesses who are not doing the right thing.
  • Lastly, we know there are a lot of news articles, tv reports about COVID-19. It is important to stay informed, but make sure when you are watching news that it is relevant to your state and location.

Sources:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-29/fourth-person-dies-from-coronavirus-in-victoria/12100490

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-28/tasmania-coronavirus-cases-rise/12099872

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-27/uk-prime-minister-boris-johnson-coronavirus-test-positive/12098728

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-27/forced-coronavirus-quarantine-for-people-returning-to-australia/12095898

https://www.pm.gov.au/media/11-billion-support-more-mental-health-medicare-and-domestic-violence-services-0

https://www.australia.gov.au/


Auslan summary update - 27 March 2020, 4pm.

Cases

  • Australia has 2,996 confirmed cases of COVID-10, 13 deaths - last death occurred from Cruise in Perth.
  • VIC – 574 (54 more than yesterday).
  • TAS – 47 (5 more than yesterday).

National

  • The Prime Minister held a press conference today and thanked the Australian people as many are doing well to follow the rules to stay inside unless it is urgent to leave.
  • It is important that people understand that most people who have COVID-19 have recently returned from overseas or have been in contact with someone who had. That is why it is important that people returning from overseas remain in quarantine for 14 days.
  • The Prime Minister announced that from midnight on Saturday, anyone who arrives to Australia will be sent to a hotel or other facility to stay for 14 days for the quarantine period.
  • This new system will be paid for by the Government and travellers will be quarantined in the first Australian city they arrive in even if they live in another state.
  • New 'finger-prick' test for COVID-19  will rollout in Australia soon. The new method is quicker and cheaper than current one which is a throat and nasal swab.
  • Prime Minster have met with G20 leaders to discuss how countries can collaborate and overcome pandemic by speeding up research and find vaccine for COVID-19. Australia will work with other countries in our region- like the Pacific and may support other countries who do not have strong healthcare systems.

Victoria

  • The Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews held a short press conference (without an Interpreter) this afternoon.
  • Premier Andrews confirmed that the Victorian Government is working with hotels in Melbourne and country areas to set up special 14 day quarantine accommodation for those returning from home.
  • People in these hotels will be well cared for, provided with food and will not need to pay for this accommodation or food.
  • This will help some people who work in hotels who have recently lost their jobs as they will be able to come back to work to support this new quarantine rule.
  • We are still in stage 2. We have not moved to Stage 3, but when we do full details will be explained to the community.

Tasmania

  • The Tasmanian school term will end four days early on April 3 to give teachers time to plan to provide home learning delivery for students for Term 2 if it is required.
  • The Premier of Tasmania, Peter Gutwein said schools will remain open until April 3, but parents should keep their children home from school if they can.

Reminder

  • If you have travelled, or have been on contact with someone who has COVID-19  it is important to self-isolate home you cannot even go to the shop or chemist. Ask a friend or family member to drop off supplies.
  • Even if you are well, have not recently returned from overseas or had contact with someone who has COVID-19, stay home if you can. If it is essential for to go out for food or medicine- please practice Social Distancing. Social Distancing saves lives.
  • Wash your hands often. 

Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2020/mar/27/coronavirus-news-australia-update-live-stage-2-3-lockdown-nsw-victoria-qld-scott-morrison-restrictions-cases-death-toll-covid-19-latest-updates?page=with:block-5e7d2c698f08af215f6fc177#block-5e7d2c698f08af215f6fc177

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-26/coronavirus-covid-19-testing-finger-prick-expanded-criteria/12089608

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-27/coronavirus-pandemic-tasmania-parents-urged-to-keep-kids-home/12095608

https://www.pm.gov.au/media/extraordinary-g20-leaders-summit

https://www.facebook.com/abcnews.au/videos/2461473414101903/

 


 

Auslan summary update - 26 March 2020, 4pm.

Cases:

  • Australia has 2,790 confirmed cases of COVID-10, 12 deaths.
  • VIC – 520: 54 more than yesterday.
  • 3 deaths overnight- all over age 70- died in Hospitals.
  • TAS – 42: 6 more than yesterday.

Victoria:

  • Recently had a press conference with the Health Minister and Chief Health Officer in Victoria.
  • We are still in Stage 2 Restriction. The Premier will decide when we will go to stage 3.
  • There will be a new order made to make it easier for Victorian people on regular medication (like blood pressure and cholesterol for example) to get a script and get their regular medicines. They will not need to go to the GP. This will help people who are at risk to stay in their homes but still have access to their medication.
  • The Government is still concerned that people are not following the rules to stay at home for 14 days when they have been told to (recent arrived from overseas, or contact with someone known to have COVID-19).
  • Police are visiting homes and if you should be home and you are not, you can be fined $20,000.
  • Even if you are well, have not recently returned from overseas or contact with someone who has COVID-19, it is important to stay home if you can, if it is essential for to go out for food or medicine- please practice Social Distancing. Social Distancing saves lives.

Tasmania:

  • Tasmania Government introduced $985 million funding to support health, economy, businesses, individuals and community.
  • Health- for more medical supplies, equipment and staff. Also- family and child protection from violence and mental health supports as these could go up because of COVID-19.
  • Business and Jobs, individuals and community organisations will also receive support like extra funding, no-fee loans, some cancellation of fees and a promise not to increase rent if you live in public (HC) home.
  • Currently, there is no evidence in community transmission- this means so far the only people to have COVID-19 have come from overseas or have had contact with someone who has or who has COVID-19.

Reminder:

  • If you have travelled, or have been on contact with someone who has COVID-19  it is important to self-isolate home you cannot even go to the shop or chemist. Ask a friend or family member to drop off supplies
  • Wash your hands often. 
  • Even if you are well, have not recently returned from overseas or had contact with someone who has COVID-19, stay home if you can. If it is essential for to go out for food or medicine- please practice Social Distancing. Social Distancing saves lives.

Sources:

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-26/victoria-records-first-coronavirus-deaths/12091594

https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/ng-interactive/2020/mar/23/how-many-cases-of-coronavirus-are-there-in-australia-live-statistics

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-25/coronavirus-tasmania-tally-up-to-42-cases/12087782

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-26/coronavirus-pandemic-tasmania-premier-tells-visitors-go-home/12091782

https://www.facebook.com/7NEWSMelbourne/videos/1312564822266175

https://www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/media-releases/unprecedented-new-social-and-economic-support-package-released


Auslan summary update - 25 March 2020, 4pm.

Cases:

  • As of today, there are over 2,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
  • VIC: 466 - 55 more cases than yesterday.
  • TAS: 36 - 8 more than yesterday.

Update from National Cabinet meeting held last night:

  • The National Cabinet have decided to start Stage 2 Restrictions (strict rules).
  • These rules are stricter and will result in more businesses closures for example: libraries, museums, gyms, pools/spas, play centres.
  • Other activities will have to stop for example: tattoos, nail salon, wax, auctions, house inspections, massage (physio and professional health allowed).
  • There are also now new limits on how many people can attend a wedding- 5; funeral- 10; outdoor PT session 10.
  • Cafes, restaurants and food courts can still only do takeaway, so no sit down and dine together; each state premier will decide about other markets and if they can remain open or not.
  • A full list is included in the comments.

Other Government announcements:

  • The Prime Minister established the National COVID-19 Co-ordination Commission (NCCC) so that the best and most accurate information is in one place to help Government make decisions about things like food, jobs and making sure people are safe.
  • In many states, public and private hospitals had been working together to try and get those on the waiting list for elective surgeries done quicker. After midnight tonight, only urgent elective surgeries will continue so hospitals can keep equipment like masks and beds available for when the numbers of COVID-19 cases rise.


Travel:

  • Overseas travel is now banned for ALL AUSTRALIANS. You may only go with special permission (if you work in foreign aid for example).

It is important that we all work together and follow these rules. If you have recently come home from overseas, have COVID-19 or have been told to self-Isolate, you MUST do this or you can be fined- up to $20,000 in Vic or $8,400 in Tasmania. Someone else must do your food shopping for you and drop off for example.

For everyone else- even if you do not think you have COVID-19, try to only leave your home for urgent things like food shopping, medical care or exercise- but maintain distancing.

Sources:
https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/crisis/covid-19-and-travel

https://www.abc.net.au/…/victoria-coronavirus-covi…/12086898>

https://www.abc.net.au/…/scott-morrison-alll-restr…/12087112

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-update-victoria-25-…

https://www.theguardian.com/…/coronavirus-updates-live-aust…

https://www.abc.net.au/…/coronavirus-tasmania-st-m…/12084120

https://www.abc.net.au/…/coronavirus-self-isolatio…/12078074


 

Daily Auslan summary update about COVID-19, 24/03/2020 at 5pm.

The video is an Auslan only summary - English summary below:

Cases:

  • Almost 1,900 confirmed cases of COVID in Australia.
  • VIC 411 (56 more than yesterday)
  • TAS 28 (6 more than yesterday)
  • Federal Government have ordered 100,000 more test kits and are looking to allow more people to get tested.

Support for people who have lost work:

  • Last night, Parliament in Canberra worked until very late to approved increased new Centrelink payments for Newstart/Jobseeker, Parenting and Student payments to support people at this time.
  • It is estimated that a million people have lost their jobs due to the impact of COVID-19 and are asking Centrelink for support.
  • Unfortunately there have been long lines at Centrelink and long wait times online and by phone, so please be patient and if you visit in person and are lining up, maintain social distancing.

Victoria

  • Reminder that Victorian schools are now closed until term 2. The Government will advise if schools will start again term 2 or if the break will be longer

Tasmania

  • As the Victorian Government announced recently, the Tasmanian Government has also allocated funds to support businesses and employees. $420 million will help some businesses get tax money back and will extend the first home owners grant until June 2022.
  • The Tasmanian Government has now banned any non-essential travel by Spirit of Tasmania from Melbourne to Tasmania.

Stricter conditions on businesses being asked to close, travel and group gatherings like weddings are happening all over the world like in NZ. These may soon start in Australia, so be prepared. Continue to be safe- wash hands regularly and avoid contact with other people.

Sources:

ABC News - Coronavirus Tasmania halts spirit travel
Health Tasmania - Coronavirus update
ABC News - Centrelink minister 
News.com.au - Coronavirus students to get 550 extra
Premier Tasmania - Supporting businesses in tasmania
Beehive NZ - Covid-19 alert level 3


23 March 2020, 5pm.

The video is an Auslan only summary - English summary below:

Cases in Australia

  • The ABC has updated its website at 1.30pm today and there are now more than 1,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia.
  • Victoria - 355 (59 more than yesterday)
  • Tasmania – 22 (5 more than yesterday)

Updates from the national cabinet meeting held last night:

  • Australia is now at Stage (Level) 1 Shutdown started today at lunchtime- this was decided by the Prime Minister and state Government Leaders.
  • This means that all non-essential places where people come together must close. It includes pubs, clubs, nightclubs, Crown Casino, and licensed venues in hotels and pubs. It also includes gyms, indoor sporting venues, places of worship (Churches Mosques etc), cinemas and entertainment venues. This also applies to outdoor spaces that are busy with people like the well-known Bondi Beach in NSW that was closed on the weekend.
  • Restaurants and cafes are allowed to operate but can only provide takeaway and home delivery services.
  • People are advised to cancel all non-essential travel and trips- even those within Australia or your state- you should cancel your school holiday plans.
  • There are now stricter rules on visiting elderly people in nursing homes such as no recent overseas travellers, visitors of only 2 people per day and no children or young people allowed.

Schools

  • The Victorian Premier announced yesterday that school holidays will start early so from tomorrow all schools are closed until 14th April. This means today is the last school day for term 1.
  • For all other states, the Federal Government said the schools will remain open for rest of term. If you decide to keep your child at home, you are responsible for their care and supervision. No one should be hanging out in groups at shopping centres for example.

Update from Victorian Premier

  • The Victorian Police have established a new Coronavirus Squad of 500 officers who will make sure people are following the rules about social distancing, self-isolation for recently returned people from overseas and others or who have been advised to self-isolate.
  • If you are told to self-isolate you MUST NOT leave your home for any reason even for food shopping. Contact friends or family to ask them to drop off food at your doorstep or call the Coronavirus hotline via the NRS on 1800 675 398 as they can assist in delivering supplies.
  • Tasmania will follow the national Stage 1 Shutdown and unlike Victoria, at this stage schools will remain open. No further Government announcements from Tasmania.

These rules for Stage (Level) 1 Shutdown may increase to Stage (Level) 2 and become more strict if we continue to see the number of people with COVID-19 increase so quickly. It is important that ALL Australians follow these rules and try to limit being out of their homes and seeing other people- this is the only way we can slow the spread of the virus.

Sources:

Prime Minister - Coronavirus measures
ABC News - Coronavirus cases data
ABC News - Coronavirus tally in Tasmania
Department of Health - Coronavirus health alerts


 

22 March 2020, 5pm.

The video is an Auslan only summary - English summary below:

  • Numbers of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia- now over 1,200- 26 people recovered. Still only 7 deaths. Victoria- 296 (67 more than yesterday) Tasmania- 16 (5 more than yesterday)
  • As you may know, State and Federal Government leaders have been meeting on Tuesdays and Fridays. The Tuesday meeting has been moved forward to tonight (Sunday) so there will probably be more announcements tonight or Monday
  • There have been many announcements about funding and tax or fees back for businesses, individual supports for people who are losing work- like higher Centrelink payments and being able to get it quicker and yesterday $15.6 million for more research into COVID-19
  • BUT the Prime Minister says we must all work together to try and slow the spread. Please stay away from other people! Do not go to crowded places like pubs, clubs or the beach! You may have the virus but not know it and by being near other people you can spread it.
  • We have seen very strict changes overseas in Italy the UK and the US like many cities and towns closing businesses except for supermarkets and chemists, hospitals and other essential health and safety services. Now, some states like Victoria and NSW are asking the Federal Government to close “non-essential’ services like business and shops. We need to be prepared if similar rules begin here in Australia.

Victorian schools and services:

  • The Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that Victorian schools WILL CLOSE from Tuesday March 25. The Victorian Government will let the community know if schools will open for Term 2 in April
  • All non-essential services will close. You will still be able to go to the supermarket, pharmacy, bank, petrol stations and delivery services will continue. Of course hospitals and medical services will continue to work hard. This is also happening now in NSW.
  • The AFL has also just announced the AFL season will be postponed until the end of May.

NDIS services:

  • The Federal Government knows that people with disabilities could be more at risk at this time, so they want to make sure that people can still get the support they require
  • Now, NDIS plans can be extended for up to 2 years and if you have a NDIS plan, you will have more flexibility of how to spend your money in core and capacity building supports so you can get what you need 
  • NDIS staff will continue to support participants with special action plans and will contact those most at risk- mostly by phone rather than face-to-face where possible. If you don’t have a plan yet, you can still apply- likely your planning meeting will happen by phone. Ask for videoconferencing with an Interpreter. 
  • NDIA has also changed some rules about cancellation and payment to support organisations so they can keep running and can provide special online training and equipment for protection if support workers need this
  • Participants should contact the NDIA on 1800 800 110 via the NRS if they need to talk to a planner, make changes to their plan or are having trouble booking services because of COVID-19.
  • Video link in the comments for this information in Auslan

Remember to regularly wash your hands and try and stay away from other people to try and help slow the spread.

Sources:

https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-current-situation-and-case-numbers

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/mar/22/coronavirus-updates-live-australia-nsw-victoria-qld-tasmania-cases-government-stimulus-latest-update-news

https://www.premier.vic.gov.au/statement-from-the-premier-32/

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

https://www.ndis.gov.au/understanding/ndis-and-other-government-services/ndis-and-disaster-response

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/department/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

https://www.afl.com.au/news/389309/


 

20 March 2020, 5pm.

The video is an Auslan only summary - English summary below:

Cases in Australia

  • As at 6.30am on 20 March 2020, the Health.gov.au www says: 709 cases in Australia; 150 Victoria; 10 Tasmania. However, some other reports say number in Australia closer to 750- 780. Information and numbers changing all the time.
  • There have been some reports of doctors and health professionals telling people not to take anti-inflammatory medicine like ibuprofen if you have COVID-19 because it may make your health worse. The Victorian Government Department of Health says there has not been research or evidence to prove this as yet but will provide updates when more information is available. As always check with your Dr about any medication you need to take- do not take advice form Facebook, TV etc. 

Travel

  • Last night during press conference, Prime Minster announced that from tonight at 9 pm that only Australia citizens, permanent residents or immediate family members can enter Australia. No visitors for holiday for example.
  • If you are coming in from overseas, you must self-isolate for 14 days. If you know of someone who have recently arrived who is not self-isolating, please tell the Police. It is very important that we all follow this rule.

Press Conference with Prime Minister (and Auslan interpreter)

  • The state premiers, chief medical advisors and PM will continue to meet on Tuesdays and Fridays and then update the community.
  • PM announced over $400 million dollars to support aged care, nursing homes to make sure older people are well looked after and protected.
  • Now, people who worked in aged care can be tested for COVID-19 to make sure the elderly people they work with are safe.
  • Rules are now more strict on indoor gatherings. The limit is still 100 people but now there also must be 2 x 2 meters space for each person so that people can have enough space between them. Rules will continue to be more strict if required and people should be ready for this.
  • No further updates about how to better support people with disabilities at this time including the Deaf Community. This will be discussed with the NDIA Minister on Tuesday so there should be updates after this.

If you are having trouble financially

  • The banks have announced that small businesses can have their loan payments on hold for 6 months.
  • If you are having trouble paying your personal mortgage, contact your bank and they should be able to help you.
  • The state Governments are working on a plan to support people who can’t pay their rent. Details will be announced soon.
  • If you had bought a weekly, monthly or date-to-date myki you can contact Public Transport Victoria for a refund of what you have left.

Don’t forget stay safe, wash your hands, maintain distance from other people and look after each other.

Sources:

Department of Health and Human Services - Coronavirus daily update
The Guardian - Coronavirus live updates
Department of Health - Coronavirus health alert
Department of Health and Human Services - Coronavirus response measures
ABC News - Coronavirus banks customer small business loan deferral
Public Transport Victoria - Tickets refunds compensation and replacement tickets


19 March 2020, 5pm.

The video is an Auslan only summary - English summary below:

  • As at 6:30 am on 19th March 2020 on health.gov.au, there have been 565 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. VIC – 149- 28 more that yesterday. TAS -10- 3 more than yesterday. 6 deaths but 49 people have recovered. 
  • In Victoria the premier Dan Andrews announced that $437 million will be put towards health services like more beds in hospitals, more oxygen machines and other equipment and gloves, masks etc for healthcare workers. Also more support for people watching the spread, contacting people who are at risk and helping them self-isolate.
  • As we explained in a previous video, Tasmania declared state of emergency earlier this week, but now have increased their border restrictions starting from Friday March 20 at midnight. This means that everyone arriving in Tasmania (even from another Australian state) must quarantine for 14 days. The only people who do not have to do this are people who work in “essential services” for example: health care or specialist, emergency, defence, air/ship/freight workers.
  • We know that there been “panic” buying things like food and toilet paper but now there are some people doing this for medicines. It is important we do not do this. To stop people doing this and make sure this is enough for everyone, medicine restrictions have been introduced for all of Australia. Pharmacists will only provide one months worth of prescription medication and will also limit supply over the counter medications like Ventolin and paracetamol (also children’s paracetamol) to 1 unit per purchase.
  • Advice from Smart Traveller remains the same from yesterday which is LEVEL 4. DO NOT travel overseas at the moment. If you are already travelling overseas and want to return home, do so now. 
  • Some people may be having difficulty at this time- especially those who may miss out on work because of being sick, having to self-isolate or because their job is casual. The Australian Government has announced some supports including emergency payments, faster ways to get a sickness allowance and having your job seeking requirements postponed if you are in isolation. More information on the DSS.gov website.
  • Reminder to protect yourself and others by washing your hands and avoiding touching your face. Try to follow “social distancing” roles when possible. This means staying 1.5 metres away from others and no hugging or handshakes.
  • If you suspect that you have in contact with someone who have COVID-19, please self isolate for 14 days and if symptoms develop - contact 1800 020 080 via NRS for further assistance.

Sources:

Department of Health - Coronavirus health alert
ABC News - Victoria boosts funding for hospitals
ABC News - Tasmanian Premier announces border restrictions
ABC News - Government restricts prescriptions 
Smart Traveller
Department of Social Services - Covid-19 information and support


 

18 March 2020, 5pm

The video is an Auslan only summary - English summary below:

Number of cases:

  • 121 in Vic (27 more than yesterday), 7 in Tas (same)
  • Health.gov.au says as at 6.30am on 18 March 2020, there have been 454 confirmed cases but likely more
  • The Victorian Government have announced $6 million to assist in supporting people who are homeless and have COVID-19 to get access to safe places to isolate and recover. There is also more supports in place for those at risk of homelessness because they are struggling to pay their rent.
  • Reminder to everyone that there is enough food- please stop panic buying. Some supermarkets have put limits of 1 or 2 or many things, not just toilet paper- but other things like canned food, coffee. Other items like fresh fruit and vegetables or milk have no limits. 

From the PM briefing this morning (with interpreter- link below):

  • “Non-essential” gatherings of more than 100 people inside are now banned (exceptions to this include airports, public transport, hospitals, shops, disability services, aged care). This means gatherings like weddings may not be able to go ahead if more than 100 people indoors.
  • The limit of no more than 500 people for outside events is the same so events like going to watch AFL game or a large outdoor event can not be attended.
  • Schools at this stage will remain open and PM said his children still going to school.

Travel:

  • The advice from Smart Traveller is DO NOT travel overseas at the moment. This is LEVEL 4 advice. The TOP (most serious) warning level- red. Lots of countries are restricting travel and will continue to change quickly. If you travel overseas and get stuck or unwell, the Australian Government may not be able to assist you.
  • If you have a flight booked, contact the airline to get a refund or credit.
  • If you or family members are overseas, you should try and book a flight to return to Australia now.
  • Domestic air travel is still running.

Stay Safe:

  • Remember to keep washing your hands and avoid handshakes, hugs or close contact with other people where possible.
  • There is a SCAM SMS about Coronavirus testing going around- it says click the link to get tested in your area. It is fake and clicking on the link could mean your personal information is stolen. The correct information is on Government websites such as https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au and health.gov.au so always check there first. 

Sources:

ABC News - Coronavirus live updates
The Guardian - Coronavirus live updates
Smart Traveller - Coronavirus
Woolworths - Stock level update
ABC News Prime Minister Press Conference

 


 


17 March 2020, 5pm

The video is an Auslan only summary - English summary below:

  • Number of new cases Aus: on health.gov.au says 375, but probably more. Awaiting Government update. (ABC article says 449) Vic: 94  (yesterday 71) Tas: 7 same yesterday (not sure if updated?)
  • As we know, Victoria declared a state of emergency started yesterday 12pm, similar in Tasmania- public health emergency declared from yesterday 12pm
  • One more school in Vic closed- Toorak Primary School after one person who had been there was found to have the virus. At this stage closed until further notice
  • The Health Minister, Greg Hunt (in press conf at 2pm- without an interpreter) has advised that at this stage schools will not be closed. This is due to a few reasons: the pressures it may place on parents who may work in healthcare or essential services who may need to stop work to look after children; the risk it poses to the elderly if children are then sent to be with grandparents; and the relatively low infection rate and level of severity amongst younger people as seen in other countries to date.
  • You may have seen some schools in Melbourne or the country closed. These schools have made their own decided to do this.
  • National cabinet (state leaders and chief medical officers) meeting tonight via video link to discuss things like how to protect people in aged care and possibly changing the rules and maximum numbers of people at non-essential public gatherings. Therefore, there may be some changes to Government guidelines and recommendations tomorrow- stay informed.
  • There has been a lot of talk in the community about how to support each other especially those who are elderly or with severe disabilities- do what you can to support each other. Businesses are trying to help like we have seen with WW and Coles early shopping hour for those people and also now Coles are trying to recruit more people to stock the shelves. They have the food and groceries, just not enough time to stock the shelves.
  • Some people (especially casual workers) may have difficulties to pay for essentials if on sick leave. Australian Public Service employees will have casual wages covered.

  • Please continue to stay safe, wash hands and limit contact with others to help stop the spread. 

Information sourced from:
Information on sickness allowance
ABC - Data reveals how Coronavirus is spreading
ABC - Coronavirus cases rises
ABC - Public health emergency to be declared in Tasmania
Channel 9 News
Business Insider - Coles Coronavirus stock
The Guardian - Australian unions accused of opportunistic response to Coronavirus
Canberra Times - APS told to pay casuals 

 


 

16 March 2020, 5pm

The video is an Auslan only summary - English summary below:

  • More new COVID-19 (Coronavirus) cases overnight (as of 16 March at 1pm) - 298 in Australia. Now up to 71 in Vic (14 new cases last night).
  • Social gatherings with over 500 people (like sport, concerts, museums, theatre) are banned.
  • Schools not yet closed (only IF there has been a case of COVID-19 at that school). This may change in future. Workplace and other essential services like public transport and shops still open.
  • Government now recommends ALL Australians to think twice about travel - do not travel unless necessary. Try to cancel, some airlines will refund
  • State of emergency declared in Vic from today 12pm for 4 weeks. Similar to what happened in the bushfires “state of disaster”. Means Police have more power to force people to self isolate for 14 days if they have COVID-19 or anyone coming back from overseas. Police can also “spot check” to make sure people are staying home.
  • Police can now detain people (arrest), restrict movement (stay in home, hotel etc), prevent entry to premises (close events, businesses), or provide any other direction as needed to slow the spread of COVID-19. In Vic, police can fine people who don't comply up to $20,000.
  • Vic government has given $60 million to public and private hospitals who will work to quickly get people who are on the waitlist for surgery through as soon as possible before the big peak of many people hospitalised for COVID-19. This means if you get a letter about surgery you have been waiting for, you need to follow up.
  • Food and supplies - PLEASE do not panic buy - just buy what you need so we can all get supplies. Some supermarkets offering special early shopping hours for elderly customers, those with a disability and carers. Check on Social media for supermarkets such as IGA, Woolworth, Coles to see if they have special hours near you.
  • To try and slow the spread, we should not handshake or hug. Deaf Community often hug as a greeting and it would be best to stop this for now.
  • For more information, call the national COVID -19 hotline with NRS - 1800 020 080.

Information sourced from:

Premier of Victoria - State of emergency declared
ABC News - Coronavirus state of emergency declared
ABC News - Victorian Government funds elective surgery blitz
Smart Traveller


 

16 March 2020, 8am

Auslan interpreted press briefing:

Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews has declared a state of emergency in Victoria, effective from 12:00pm today for four weeks in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 16 March 2020, 8:00am.


 

15 March 2020, 6:30pm

The video is an Auslan only summary - English summary below:

  • Australian Government has made a number of announcements today re coronavirus
  • Must self isolate for 14 days of returning from overseas starting midnight tonight
  • All overseas cruises cannot dock in Australia for next 30 days and possibly longer
  • ‘Social distancing’ now strongly encouraged. This means try to keep distance of 1.5m from other people, and avoid spending time in enclosed places like family gatherings & bars
  • Handshakes are not allowed now
  • These measures will limit transmission
  • Schools and universities to remain open for the time being
  • The newly created national Cabinet will make next set of announcements Tuesday night
  • If you are ill, stay at home. If you think you need medical attention, phone your GP or the hotline first and they’ll tell you what to do.
  • Practise good hand hygiene – wash your hands regularly. It really does make a difference. And employ good cough etiquette by coughing into your elbow.
  • Other measures should include not touching your face, and instead of your fingers, using your knuckle, a pen or an ID card to activate lift buttons
  • Flattening the curve’ - explaining concept and impact on health system

 

13 March 2020, 4:00pm.

This is an Auslan only summary - key points are as below:

  •  Expression Australia strongly believe in giving access to Deaf community about Coronavirus in Auslan
  •  As things are starting to develop quickly with information changing every day we will do a daily update in Auslan every day late afternoon presented by a team of people.  Make sure you watch each time as the information will all be linked

 Now for today’s update

  • The Australian Government has advised to cancel public gatherings of over 500 people from Monday next week.  The F1 Grand Prix was cancelled, and other events like AFL matches and festivals will also be cancelled or postponed.  This does not apply to schools, universities, public transport etc.
  • The Australian Government has also advised to cancel non-essential travel overseas – meaning you should only go overseas if you must, otherwise – don’t
  •  You should check government and ABC sites to check current details about Coronavirus, symptoms, and whether you are at risk of being exposed

 Information sourced from: https://www.abc.net.au/news/

* Coronavirus hotline: 1800 020 080

 


 

12 March 2020, 5pm

The video is an Auslan only summary - English summary below:

  • WHO – World Health Organisation declares the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic this morning
  • Victorian Government made a statement that since there are 126 cases in Australia and 18 in Victoria, it is matter of when, not if, schools, workplaces, events such as AFL matches etc. be closed to slow down the spread
  • Smart Traveller advised against travelling to China, Iran, Italy and South Korea
  • In some other countries, re-consider your travel plans
  • If you have plans to go on a cruise, do re-consider
  • All Australians returning from overseas will need to isolate or be quarantined for 14 days
  • Coronavirus hotline: 1800 020 080

 

4 March 2020, 5pm

The video is an Auslan only summary - English summary below:

-          121 in Vic (27 more than yesterday), 7 in Tas (same)

-          Health.gov.au says as at 6.30am on 18 March 2020, there have been 454 confirmed cases but likely more

-          The Victorian Government have announced $6 million to assist in supporting people who are homeless and have COVID-19 to get access to safe places to isolate and recover. There is also more supports in place for those at risk of homelessness because they are struggling to pay their rent

-          Reminder to everyone that there is enough food- please stop panic buying. Some supermarkets have put limits of 1 or 2 or many things, not just toilet paper- but other things like canned food, coffee. Other items like fresh fruit and vegetables or milk have no limits.

-          There is a SCAM SMS about Coronavirus testing going around- it says click the link to get tested in your area. It is fake and clicking on the link could mean your personal information is stolen. The correct information is on Government websites such as https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au and health.gov.au so always check there first.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/datablog/ng-interactive/2020/apr/01/coronavirus-cases-in-australia-map-confirmed-numbers-stats-how-many-cases-of-covid-19-nsw-maps-victoria-live-data-qld-sa-wa-tas-nt-act-latest-statistics-update

 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-03/coronavirus-live-blog-updates-covid-19-australia/12116038

 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-03/coronavirus-tasmania-devonport-testing-school-term-two/12117406

 

http://www.premier.tas.gov.au/releases/term_2_learning_for_tasmanian_government_school_students

 

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-update-victoria-3-april-2020

 

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-02/free-childcare-explainer-coronavirus-covid-19/12115062

 

UPDATE 6 APRIL 4.30pm

 

Confirmed cases of COVID-19:

Australia – 5,793 (yesterday there were 5,668), 40 deaths.

Victoria – 1.158 (yesterday there were 1,135), 10 deaths.

Tasmania – 86 (yesterday there were 82), 2 deaths.

 

Global news:

-          British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital for tests

-          A tiger in a New York Zoo has COVID-19

 

National news:

-          Update on Ruby Princess Situation in NSW and Australia wide impact

-          More people can now be tested for COVID-19

 

Victorian news:

-          180 more fines have been issued after 980 checks

-          Some Protective Service Officers will now work in other areas as demand on public transport decreases

 

Tasmanian news:

-          More cases of COVID-19 in healthcare workers and Ruby Princess passengers

-          Outbreak in Northwest area a concern with nearby public and private hospitals helping with increased patient numbers

-          One person who left a mandatory quarantine in Launceston has been arrested and will face court

 

Reminders:

-          Remember, there are only 4 reasons to leave your home- for medical attention or supplies, for essential shopping, for exercise or for work/school if you can’t do this from home.

-          See comments for more information and Interpreted press conferences