Australia registered fewer than 100 coronavirus infections in 24 hours for the first time in three weeks, a clear sign that strict lockdowns are working.
However, there is an urgent call to follow the social distance rules during Easter to ensure that in certain cases there is no resurgence.
More than 6,000 Australians have had the coronavirus and 51 people have died, but Health Minister Greg Hunt says the low number of new cases is “an extremely important development.”
The daily infection rate has fallen below two percent, with 85 new cases on Thursday, the lowest since March 79 on March 17, compared to a peak of 469 new cases on March 28.
However, Australia has a long way to go, said Mr. Hunt, with concerns about the 10 percent of cases coming in from an unknown source.
Australia registered fewer than 100 coronavirus infections in 24 hours for the first time in three weeks thanks to strict lock-in measures (medical professionals are seen preparing COVID-19 tests for members of the public at Bondi Beach’s drive-through COVID-19 testing center) in Sydney, Monday, April 6, 2020)
Lockdown and social distance measures have been shown to significantly reduce the number of COVID-19 infections
‘Very significant, the curve continues to flatten. Fewer cases, fewer risks, fewer lives at risk – but we still have a huge way to go, ”said Mr. Hunt on Thursday.
“The virus isn’t going on vacation. Therefore, none of us can relax in what we do.
“In many ways, this is the most important weekend we can encounter in the course of the virus.
“There is good news for Australia this weekend, but there is a warning that we can either lock in the profit or lose it.”
METHODS OF STOPPING CORONAVIRUS SPREAD
Infected people can spread an infection to others through direct or indirect contact methods.
An outbreak will continue to spread if the average number of infected persons per courier exceeds one.
SOCIAL DISTANCE MEASURES
Forbidding group gatherings, closing borders, advising people to stay 1.5m apart, and locking people up to their homes stop the spread of the coronavirus.
With this method, the public is not given immunity in large numbers and the virus can dramatically reappear if controls are lifted.
People who recover from COVID-19 develop antibodies and immunity.
As the virus spreads through the population and more people develop immunity, fewer people can infect the virus.
If enough people have immunity, the outbreak will go away.
It is estimated that about 30 percent of people who contract the virus will show no symptoms, and for many more, the symptoms will not be severe.
This method causes a spike in infections that can overload healthcare, resulting in a large number of fatalities.
A COVID-19 vaccine would be the safest and most effective way to control the outbreak.
Several vaccines are currently under development, although they need to be tested, which can take many months.
If a vaccine is rushed without proper testing, side effects and complications can arise.
The government has signed a $ 31.3 million deal with an Australian company to produce thousands of additional onshore fans to ensure adequate supplies.
In the meantime, the cabinet decided on Thursday to end the exemption from quarantine requirements for flight crews.
Those with airplanes arriving in Australia must now quarantine at home or in a hotel for 14 days or out of the country until their next flight.
It came when the federal government announced three rescue flights from Peru, Argentina and South Africa to Australians stranded by the pandemic.
Those flights are expected next week, while a separate government rescue flight brought back about 280 Australians from Peru on Thursday.
More than 6,000 Australians have had the coronavirus and 51 people have died, but health minister Greg Hunt says the low number of new cases is “an extremely important development”
A morning hiker passes through a locked entrance to Surfers Paradise Beach on the Gold Coast
The police work with customers at Sydney Fish Markets to maintain social distance and the staff in the markets are hand-cleaned and monitor each customer’s temperature
The Cabinet also agreed on a nationwide approach to provide households and businesses affected by the virus reduction with their water, electricity and tariff accounts.
After a few weeks of discussion every few days, the Prime Minister’s cabinet and state leaders have no plans to meet again next Thursday.
He was expected to decide the way for students in their last school year, but did not mention the matter in the meeting statement.
Federal Minister of Education Dan Tehan promised earlier in the week that Year 12 students would not receive an additional year of study to complete the school and rejected suggestions for mass recurrence.
Australian National University has decided to offer last year students by 2021 places based on their academic performance in the year 11 of 2019.
Medical experts insist that schools are safe, but governments still urge parents to keep their children at home if they can.
For the majority of students, term two will refer to online learning.
The federal parliament approved a $ 130 billion settlement on Wednesday evening to provide wage subsidies to up to six million Australian workers.
Barricading can be seen at The Spit parking lot on the Gold Coast, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The Gold Coast City Council closes all parking garages for beaches on the Gold Coast to deter travelers going to the beach over Easter weekend.
A man has his temperature checked outside the Sydney Fish Market in Sydney, Thursday, April 9, 2020
Employees who work for coronavirus-affected companies are paid $ 1,500 every two weeks to keep people connected to their jobs during the crisis.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the debt will last for years, but did not apologize for spending what is needed in the circumstances.
“When it comes to our expenses, we don’t want it to last a day longer than absolutely necessary,” he told ABC radio.
“That is why we have introduced sunset clauses and will continue to assess the situation.”
Union leader Anthony Albanese said the government could have spent less in some areas by preventing businesses from doubling down on leave and new payments.
He expected parliament to sit before the planned return in August to fill unforeseen legislative gaps, including with regard to childcare and temporary workers.
Educator Josephine wipes tables and countertops with disinfectant at the Robertson Street Kindy Childcare Center in Helensburgh, south of Sydney, Friday, April 3, 2020
What does the coronavirus modeling show?
If no measures are taken
The theoretical modeling establishes that an uncontrolled COVID-19 pandemic scenario would overwhelm our health system for many weeks. 89 percent of people are said to contract the virus, and 38 percent require medical attention.
ICUs would stretch far beyond capacity for an extended period of time. Only 15 percent of people who need ICU beds would have access to it, even with the expanded ICU capacity in the model.
This graph shows three scenarios based on no limitations (gray), quarantine (light blue) and social distance (dark blue)
With quarantine and isolation
Quarantine and isolation would reduce the number of people who would contract the virus to 68 percent and those in need of medical care to 29 percent. Only an estimated 30 percent of people who need IC beds would have access.
With limitations at a social distance
If the social distance measures reduce transmission by 25 percent, the percentage of infected people would be 38 percent, while 16 percent require some medical care.
Eighty percent of people who need ICU beds have access to it.
With a 33 percent reduction in transmission due to social distance, the percentage of people infected is 12 percent and only five percent require some medical care.
In that scenario, anyone who needs an ICU bed in the course of the pandemic could get one.
The modeling shows that our ICs will cope if we continue have effective social distance, increase the capacity of our health system, and isolate people with the virus and their loved ones contacts.
This table shows the proportion of each age group requiring hospitalization if they are infected with the disease