The total amount of confirmed coronavirus cases in Australia have risen to 450.
New South Wales confirmed 39 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday with a total of 210, while Victoria’s total rose from 71 to 94 confirmed cases.
Queensland now reports 78 confirmed cases of coronavirus, while South Australia has 30 confirmed cases and Western Australia 28.
A chilling graph shows how fast the virus is spreading in Australia as cases have doubled in just a few days.
A chilling graph shows how fast the virus is spreading in Australia as cases have doubled in just a few days
The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Australia rose to 407 after 39 new cases were confirmed in New South Wales (Image: Covid-19 clinic at Royal North Shore Hospital)
Australians have been told to prepare in the worst case for 150,000 coronavirus deaths – amid warnings, the country is making the same mistake that forced Italy to shut down completely.
Australia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Paul Kelly, said on Monday that anywhere from 20 to 60 percent of the population could get coronavirus.
“It’s something in that range,” he said.
“This is an infectious disease … The death rate is about one percent, so you can count.”
If 20 percent of the Australian population of 24 million were to become infected, 4.8 million people would have the disease.
Assuming a one percent death rate, that would lead to the deaths of 50,000 people.
If 40 percent of people contracted the coronavirus, it would make 9.6 million people sick and 100,000 dead.
A worst-case scenario – an infection rate of 60 percent – would lead to 15 million people with the virus and could kill 150,000 people.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 450
New South Wales: 210
South Australia: 30
Western Australia: 28
Northern Territory: 1
Australian Capital Territory: 2
TOTAL CASES: 450
People over 60 are more prone to this disease. We find that, especially in the much older age groups, 80 and older, the mortality rate is actually quite high, ”said Kelly.
NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the sudden spike in cases, which nearly doubled over the weekend over the state, provided insight into what was to come.
“This is a war against a virus that knows no bounds. It is starting to look like there will be substantial, some say exponential, growth in the coming weeks, “he said.
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian on Tuesday announced a $ 700 million package for health care and $ 1.6 billion for job creation and tax relief.
Features include investment in capital works, payroll tax reduction and remission fees and licensing costs for small businesses.
$ 700 million has been allocated to accelerate the COVID-19 tests, to set up special fever clinics and to double the capacity of the intensive care unit.
“Our first priority is always the health of the people in this state and the care of their families and work,” said Ms Berejiklian.
Treasurer Dominic Perrotet says the government will do whatever it takes to weather the crisis.
New South Wales confirmed 39 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday with a total of 210, while Victoria’s total rose from 71 to 94 confirmed cases
“Simply put, this money will help save loved ones’ lives and protect jobs,” he said.
The NSW authorities, meanwhile, hope that a series of unprecedented measures will help control the rapid spread of the potentially deadly infection.
Residents who ignore isolation rules can now be hit with a $ 11,000 fine or incarcerated for six months.
The police have also been empowered to avoid stationary drug and alcohol testing if they believe this to be unsanitary.
The crisis has changed the way Australians live – and Mr Morrison has no doubt that he will continue to do so in the coming months.
“These will be a difficult six months. It may be longer. It could be earlier, “he told ABC radio on Monday.
Events across the country have all been changed or canceled in an attempt to slow the spread of the deadly respiratory infection.
The Sydney Royal Easter Show, Vivid Lights festival and Anzac Day parades are all iconic fixtures that will no longer be celebrated in 2020 due to the virus.
A woman saw her eyes wipe as she drove through Sydney International Airport on March 16, a day after Prime Minister Scott Morrison introduced new self-quarantine regulations
This image explains the difference between the coronavirus and the common cold or flu