Newmarch House in Caddens in the city’s west has been at the centre of an outbreak after an employee came to work while symptomatic for six days.
Anglicare has confirmed that a 92-year-old woman, who was a resident at its Newmarch facility, died this morning.
There are 6644 confirmed coronavirus cases in Australia, with 2969 in New South Wales, 1336 in Victoria, 1024 in Queensland, 437 in South Australia, 546 in Western Australia, 200 in Tasmania, 104 in the Australian Capital Territory and 28 in the Northern Territory.
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WHAT WE KNOW
Scott Morrison announced today that some restrictions on elective surgery would be lifted from next week.
“We will be easing restrictions on the following areas. That is Category 2 or equivalent procedures in the private sector, and selected Category 3 and other procedures, which includes all IVF, all screening programs, where they have ceased,” the PM said during a press conference.
Other procedures that will be able to go ahead include post-cancer reconstruction, dental procedures, procedures for children under the age of 18, endoscopy and colonoscopy, joint replacements and eye procedures.
Virgin Australia has announced it is going into administration, with accounting firm Deloitte appointed as administrators to help it restructure.
The airline’s decision comes after the Federal Government refused a $1.4 billion bailout to help the airline survive the pandemic.
Reserve Bank Governor Philip Lowe has given a grim update on Australia’s economic forecast in the short and mid-term as a result of coronavirus.
But he said while it was clear we will face “some difficult days ahead” due to social distancing restrictions and general uncertainty, the economy would recover once the virus was contained.
In some more welcome news that will have parents breathing a sigh of relief, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced that students across the state will start heading back to school on May 11.
“Initially, it will just be a day a week. And then, progressively, two days. And then we hope by the end of term two we’ll be in a position to have students going back to school in a full-time capacity, by term three,” she said.
WHAT WE DON’T KNOW
It is still unclear when exactly social distancing restrictions will begin to ease across the country.
It has been the main question Aussies have been asking, with Mr Morrison addressing it today during his press conference.
He said Australia was on “the road back” from the coronavirus crisis but there were a number of milestones the country needed to achieve before a relaxing of restrictions could occur.
“For those who are asking when can we ease, well, we were clear about that last week. We laid down some clear markers as to what the requirements would be,” Mr Morrison said.
“We said there needed to be an effective rate of transmission less than the score of one. And we said we need to get in place, over these four weeks that we’re now in – almost one week down in that timetable – of testing, tracing and a response capability on the ground.
“National Cabinet will continue to look at those areas that may be able to be eased at the end of that period, when we look at those issues. But they are the clear markers. They are the clear prerequisites. They are the clear prerequisites. There is no uncertainty about that. I think that’s very clear.”
He said two-thirds of Australia’s coronavirus cases have “been overcome” and that the national figure was now around 2500 active cases.
And he would not be drawn on reports about whether May 11 was the government’s preferred date for easing restrictions.
“I wouldn’t read too much into that,” he said.
“We are on the road back and I think we have already reached a turning point on these issues provided we can keep the controls in place to keep the virus under management. It will continue to write its own rules and it is provided, we think, that we stay on top of it.”