Scott Morrison says Australia is in ‘suppression phase’ of Covid-19 battle

Nellie Chapman
April 3, 2020

But the prime minister has urged patience with tough social distancing measures, saying they still need to be in place at least six months.

Australia has recorded with 5274 cases in Australia, with 12 deaths. It's about 5 per cent a day at the moment.

But it has to continue.

Last month, Mr Morrison made the unprecedented move to close the nation's borders to global travellers and adopt strict social distancing rules that impacted millions of jobs.

"We're still detecting returned travellers, still detecting contacts of returned detecting contacts of returned travellers, but those numbers are reducing", he said. Under the new rules, churches and other religious centers will be allowed to open to enable leaders and support staff to officiate online services for the wider congregation.

"We believe the true number is five or ten times as much as that", Dr Murphy said.

"We want people to use their judgement and use their common sense", he told Sky News.

The ANU professor says the rate of new infections were falling before NSW and Victoria had put in severe restrictions on travel.

"We still have cruise ship people to come home".

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"How can somebody outside, two metres away from everybody else in the sunshine, possibly either give or get the virus from anyone else?" he told AAP.

Morrison's statement comes at a time when Nepali students are expecting some sort of relief from the Australian government agencies as they have hit hard by the deadly virus.

"Honestly I think it was still an indication that people just weren't getting it".

Mr Morrison urged Australians to make patience their guiding virtue.

In interviews this evening on the Seven and Nine networks, Mr Morrison said there was minimal coronavirus health risks for children and young people attending classes.

"If they are not in a position to support themselves then there is the alternative for them to return to their home countries".

A new mandatory code for tenancies is expected to be finalised next week, but any breaks from rent would only be given to businesses who are eligible for the JobKeeper wage subsidies.

And commercial landlords will have to take the economic impact of coronavirus into account when determining possible rental waivers for business tenants.

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