Coronavirus Auslan Update - 20 April, 2020
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Confirmed cases of COVID-19:
Global - 2,401,379 with 165,044 deaths
Australia - 6,619 with 71 deaths (4,230 recovered)
Victoria – 1,328 with 15 deaths
Tasmania – 197 cases with 8 deaths
There has been protests in some US states against current coronavirus lock down measures. US remains a global hot spot for coronavirus with 759,118 confirmed cases and 40,665 deaths.
President Donald Trump wants to reopen America by May 1.
The rate of infection I n Australia is still slowing with only 5 new cases in NSW, 1 in Victoria and 0 in Queensland.
Ruby Princess Cruise ship have reported additional 19 cases of COVID-19.
A report has found up to 3.4 million people will be out of work as a result of government shutdowns and physical distancing.
There are problems with people in remote Aboriginal communities accessing food and essentials. The big supermarkets responded to panic buying by purchasing the bulk of goods from manufacturers and producers. This means there is not enough left over for independent stores in remote communities.
The Government is developing a smart phone app to help track coronavirus cases. The Government wants Australians to use the app and says the app will not track people’s locations or be available for law enforcement agencies (like police) to access.
When people download the app they will need to enter: Their name, age range, postcode and phone number.
When people were within 1.5 metres for 15 minutes, the app via Bluetooth, will record the other person's name and phone number.
Some Government MPs said they will not use the app because of privacy concerns.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has warned it will still be some time before cafes and bars reopen because easing restrictions too soon could see even harsher rules imposed if cases of the virus spiked.
Victoria’s chief health officer has said the AFL will need to demonstrate how it can play games during the Covid-19 pandemic before it can restart the season. The AFL is preparing for a season without spectators.
There were over 309 tests conducted across Tasmania in past 24 hours. 270 of those were in the North West.
There have been 40 people go to the emergency room at the North-West regional hospital.
A new section at the Royal Hobart Hospital, K Block, has opened after delays due to construction issues.
A reminder to everyone to only leave your home if you must- for essential shopping; medical appointments or care; work or school if you can’t from home; or exercise.
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