Australians have been urged to support older neighbors who have been told to stay indoors during the coronavirus pandemic.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced further lockdowns on Sunday, banning more than two people from gathering in a public place, while urging those over 70 to stay at home.
He also announced the closure of outdoor playgrounds, skate parks and gyms.
Health Minister Greg Hunt told it sunrise that Australia still had a “long way to go” despite a drop in infection rates.
He called on young people to act and support the elderly and people with chronic diseases who will have the most difficulty accessing relief supplies.
Health Minister Greg Hunt urged Australians to help their elderly neighbors during the coronavirus crisis
“We are here together as a country as a nation as people as friends and as a family and we will all have to support each other, this is something we never knew,” said Hunt.
“I hope and believe that this will be known as the big generation in the coming decades, because they will do what needs to be done and Australians will do it overwhelmingly, but now it is time to do more.
“And this means that if you have to shop for an older neighbor, if you have to support someone who has a chronic illness, if you do your shopping, you should shop for them and leave the things at their door.
“Work with your community. We do everything we can, but no government can do this alone. ‘
Mr Hunt said that while it is essential to isolate and implement social distance to save lives, Australians should not turn their backs on each other.
People over 70 and people over 60 with health problems have been told to stay at home under stricter government restrictions announced Sunday evening. Pictured is the elderly couple Michael, 65, and Susan, 66, Stauntin returning to Australia from London on Saturday before being placed in isolation
On Sunday, Mr. Morrison said that people can now leave their home for only four reasons. These include work, exercise, supplies, or medical attention.
Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said the country is seeing early early promising signs of “flattening the curve,” with the growth rate of new infections dropping from more than 25 percent to the low teens.
The daily number of new cases of coronavirus in Australia is decreasing, but politicians warn that restrictions must be maintained
Additional services have been implemented to support people in self-isolation to support the measures.
Starting Monday, Telehealth will be rolled out across the country, allowing doctors to partner with Auspost to offer online medical consultations and pharmacies, which will offer free prescription medication at home every month.
Woolworth has also launched a $ 80 corona virus survival box, available in NSW, ACT, and VIC, with basic groceries that use delivery channels like Auspost to distribute goods to people faster.
Meanwhile, families who still want to see vulnerable loved ones will have to limit their visits to meet government demands.
Grandparents depicted in Bondi on Sunday wore face masks when their grandchildren came to visit
Photos taken in Bondi on Sunday show a mother taking her children to their grandparents wearing face masks and standing meters away.
The ban on two-person gatherings applies to indoor environments, such as private homes and property, but not to workplaces, offices, schools, and households.
States will enforce the restriction with a fine, with Victorians found violating the rule of being hit on the spot with $ 1,652.
NSW has not yet disclosed how the fine will be imposed, but is expected to be in line with previous restrictions imposed under the Public Health Act involving breaches of fines of $ 11,000, six months’ imprisonment or a fine of $ 1,000 on the spot.
So far, there are 4,167 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia, including 17 deaths.
The family was forced to sit meters apart to protect the older citizens who are more vulnerable to the symptoms of COVID-19