My title is Calla Wahlquist, I’ll be your Amy Remeikis for the day.
Nationwide cupboard will meet at present to contemplate a proposal from prime minister Scott Morrison to cap worldwide arrivals to Australia to ease the strain on the lodge quarantine system.
The assembly can even talk about the escalating coronavirus outbreak in Victoria brought on by failures in lodge quarantine an infection management protocols, which noticed 165 new instances reported yesterday, most not but linked to identified outbreaks.
The lodge quarantine system has been in place since late March, and requires returning abroad travellers to stay in a lodge room for 14 days, on the state’s expense. NSW has flagged requiring returning travellers to foot the invoice as an alternative.
Final month, some 28,000 folks arrived in Australia, with about half quarantining in Sydney and 5,000 every in Melbourne and Brisbane. Melbourne’s at the moment not taking worldwide flights and Sydney refuses to take extra, so the overflow’s in Perth and Adelaide.
And earlier than we go away Melbourne, all however one of many 9 public housing towers positioned beneath onerous lockdown situations at the moment are beneath the identical stage three stay-at-home orders as the remainder of the town.
The remaining tower block, at 33 Alfred Road in North Melbourne, will stay beneath onerous lockdown for one more 9 days. About 480 folks reside within the constructing, and as of Thursday it had 53 confirmed instances of coronavirus.
However Victoria’s chief well being officer, Prof Brett Sutton, warned that as lots of 1 / 4 of the residents may but check optimistic.
For the entire different towers, and we could have new instances emerge over coming days, however the numbers are comparatively much less.
For some, just some instances. For others, a number of. We actually have to have an intensive monitoring program.
Clearly for all of these instances in these towers, they should stay in isolation. For all of their shut contacts, they should stay quarantined.
After the nationwide cupboard assembly, Tasmania will announce whether or not it has determined to decrease its borders to the remainder of Australia, excepting Victoria. Premier Peter Gutwein mentioned yesterday that Victorians wouldn’t be capable of journey to the island state and folks from New South Wales would additionally in all probability not be allowed in, however states like South Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland have been thought-about secure. He’s given an indicative date of 24 July.
In the meantime, the World Well being Group has warned that the coronavirus pandemic is escalating. International instances have handed 12m, and the US broke the worldwide every day case document by recording 60,000 new instances in 24 hours.
The WHO has appointed former New Zealand prime minister, Helen Clark, and former president of Liberia Ellen Johnson to steer an analysis of the WHO’s response to the pandemic and the response of particular person nations.
Now, on with the present.