New outdoor rules as 16 die from virus

Andrew Cummings
March 30, 2020

The number of Australians who have died after contracting COVID-19 has now reached 16.

Morrison stressed that the new advice does not mean older Australians - as well as those with chronic health conditions, indigenous members of the community over 50, and those over 60 - can not go outside, but simply aims to limit their contact with other people as much as possible.

Police around the nation are preparing to enforce the new measures including the two-person gathering rule.

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As well, there is new advice relating to who should self-isolate.

Mr Morrison said people aged over 70, people aged over 60 with chronic illness and Indigenous Australians over 50 with chronic illness are advised not to leave home "to the maximum extent practicable".

'This does not mean they can not go outside, ' Mr Morrison said on Sunday.

Morrison said this limit could be enforced by "very significant on-the-spot fines", and said people "must stay at home" unless shopping for essentials, for medical care, to exercise outdoors with adherence to the two-person limit, or for work and education reasons if they can't do so from home.

"If you have outbreaks in the community, they can be much harder to detect and so we've broadened the testing criteria in those areas to make sure that we can detect and bring under control".

The Prime Minister has defended the move to allow passengers on board the Artania into Perth to be treated in private hospitals as following the "moral rules" observed by the whole worldwide community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Morrison stressed that the two-person limit does not apply to people within the same household.

Victoria and Queensland's death tolls have now risen to four and two, respectively.

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In a press conference on Sunday, the Prime Minister made a direct point to Australians, particularly in their 20s and 30s, who seem to have the "view that because they are healthier that they are not transmitters of the virus".

"But as we take the measures that we have been taking and put them in place and we have the co-operation from the Australian people, then that obviously in turn that has an impact on how we are managing the spread of the virus". Despite that, 1600 people went into quarantine on Sunday.

"I know this is a terrrible inconvenience for you but it is necessary to save lives and we thank you for your cooperation", Mr Morrison said.

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