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Coronavirus: Australia reports sustained slowdown in COVID-19 infection rate

Coronavirus: Australia reports sustained slowdown in COVID-19 infection rate

2020-03-31 6:43:00 AM

Coronavirus : Australia reports sustained slowdown in COVID -19 infection rate

Health Minister Greg Hunt reported there were about 4,400 coronavirus cases nationally, with the rate of growth in new infections slowing from 25-30 per cent a week ago to an average of 9 per cent over the past three days.

READ MORE:State officials had earlier warned that the slowing infection rate might have have more to do with fluctuations in testing numbers, given there was less access to doctors over the weekend.[Sign up for our Health IQ newsletter for the latest coronavirus updates

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]“What we need to consider is the community-to-community transmission that we might not even know about,” New South Wales (NSW) state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said in Sydney.Public health orders enacted on Tuesday vary from state to state but generally include penalties of some kind for people flouting rules that include restricting public gatherings to just two people and the closure of outside gyms and parks.

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FDA approves ’emergency use’ of hydroxychloroquin to test on coronavirus patientsNSW, the country’s most populous state, is responsible for a little under half of the national infections and most of the death toll of 19. It introduced fines of up to A$11,000 ($6,779) in NSW and the potential of a six-month prison term for anybody found breaching the rules.

In Western Australia state, people who ignore self-isolating orders could be fitted with an electronic tracking device.FINANCIAL STIMULUSAuthorities said on Tuesday they wanted to increase testing, especially in places of COVID-19 clusters such as Sydney’s Bondi area, which drew attention earlier this month after people ignored social distancing rules and flocked to the beach.

Like all affected countries, Australia’s financial and jobs markets have been roiled by COVID-19, prompting the government to unveil several stimulus packages.READ MORE:Without global action against coronavirus pandemic, 40 million could have died: report

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a tweet on Tuesday that 113,000 businesses had registered interest in a new A$130 billion ($80 billion) six-month wage subsidy.The “job keeper” allowance brought the country’s coronavirus-related stimulus so far to A$320 billion, or about 15 per cent of Australia’s gross domestic product, as economists forecast the its first recession in almost three decades.

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Leadership can douse fires of all types in the driest and most dire circumstances. Dumbshit can start fires in the rain at the bottom of a lake. Maybe has to do with the fact Italy is only testing those with the most severe cases and Australia testing more... doesn’t take a genius to figure that out! Plus the average age of those who died in Italy was 80! 23000 died in Italy in 2015 from the regular flu! Context!

Yeah the fire before hand! I’m sure Australia wasn’t taking chances!

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Coronavirus: Air Canada to lay off 15,000 workers over COVID-19 spread, memo saysThe move follows the airline's struggle over closed borders and the fallout of the COVID -19 pandemic. Makes sense. Not many flights. Oh, still coming in from China to Canada unscreened but for a few questions.

First 2 deaths from COVID-19 in Sask., 20 new casesThe province of Saskatchewan has reported its first two deaths related to COVID -19. Conservatism is our strength... Bullshit. Why the extra security MOE? Did you know this scare was going to happen You proved nothing Why is it that none of you media are at home? Where do you all work? In tunnels 😁

Coronavirus: Canadians diagnosed with COVID-19 describe it as ‘worse than any flu’“It’s like my lungs have sacks of rice around them,' a 33-year-old with no underlying health conditions says. Could be the burnt car batteries form Australia. GlobalBC Smoker ? Chicken fried rice? 🤔

Coronavirus: 6 Toronto firefighters test positive for COVID-19Frank Ramagnano, president of the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association, said, 'Some have commented it is the worst thing they have experienced, and are concerned they may be hospitalized.' More needs to be done to protect front-line services. cshell_eh Any word on the actual Paramedics in Toronto; how there's doing with covid? THEY NEED MASKS! AND PPE!! Canadians, please do the same. If you go outside, please wear a mask, a DIY one if nothing else it available. Masks4All