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The SAS Group will provide daily updates on the COVID-19 outbreak in Australia, including updates on Government and Department of Health announcements, travel and flight bans, and general media.

Since yesterday’s update, the Prime Minister announced all non-urgent surgery will be temporarily suspended, and the creation of a new National COVID-19 Coordination Commission which will coordinate advice to the Australian Government on actions to anticipate and mitigate the impact of the pandemic.

The Queensland Government announced a $24.7 million coronavirus housing and homelessness response, further assistance for Queensland arts sector, and an update on border control.

The Department of Health advised every Australian mobile phone will be sent a text message from the Australian Government with coronavirus prevention steps, more training to help nurses re-enter the health workforce, and that the Australian Government is supporting remote communities during the pandemic.

In general news, The Courier Mail published an article advising the public that voting in the council elections is still required.


MEDIA STATEMENT: Elective Surgery
The Prime Minister of Australia

The National Cabinet is acting on the advice of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee that from 11.59pm (local time) on 25 March 2020, all non-urgent elective surgery will be temporarily suspended. Only Category 1 and some exceptional Category 2 surgery will continue until further notice. This will apply in both the public and private health systems.

More information here.


MEDIA STATEMENT: National COVID-19 coordination commission
The Prime Minister of Australia

The Prime Minister today announced the creation of a new National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) that will coordinate advice to the Australian Government on actions to anticipate and mitigate the economic and social effects of the global coronavirus pandemic.

The Commission will ensure the Government receives the most comprehensive advice to meet the challenges ahead to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus and help build a bridge to recovery.

More information here.


MEDIA STATEMENT: $24.7 million coronavirus housing and homelessness response
Queensland Government

The Palaszczuk Government will immediately implement a range of measures to provide support for vulnerable Queenslanders, particularly those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni said that the state government was investing $24.7 million in an 8-point housing and homelessness plan to ensure that vulnerable Queenslanders get the services they need during this public health emergency.

More information here.


MEDIA STATEMENT: Further assistance for Queensland arts sector
Queensland Government

Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch has today announced grants which will provide funds for individual artists and arts organisations to help them during these difficult times.

The Palaszczuk Government has introduced these measures to support the Queensland arts sector, which continues to be impacted by the cancellation of events as a result of COVID-19.

More information here.


MEDIA STATEMENT: Australian Government text message regarding Coronavirus prevention steps
Department of Health

Starting today, every Australian mobile phone will be sent a text message from the Australian Government with important steps each person can take to protect their own health, the health of their families and the health of the whole community from the coronavirus.

More information here.


MEDIA STATEMENT: Training to help nurses re-enter the health workforce
Department of Health

Minister for Health the Hon. Greg Hunt MP today announced the Australian Government will provide funding for registered nurses to undertake online education to enable them to re-enter the clinical workforce and assist with the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More information here.


MEDIA STATEMENT: Government backs remote communities with COVID-19 support
Department of Health

Minister for Health the Hon. Greg Hunt MP today announced the Australian Government is offering 45 flexible grants to help 110 remote communities across Australia protect themselves against COVID-19

More information here.


Coronavirus Qld: Voting in council elections still required
The Courier Mail

Queensland’s electoral commission has set the record straight on whether voting in local government elections is still compulsory despite the coronavirus crisis.

More information here.


24 March 2020 (NEW)

MEDIA STATEMENT: Border control slows virus spread
Queensland Government

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk yesterday released a media statement on the State’s border control. The Premier said it was essential to slow the spread of coronavirus on the advice of the Chief Health Officer Dr Young.

More information here.


 

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