Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

By | May 15, 2020

* Australia has recorded about 6989 cases to date and 688 cases remain active. The numbers of people being treated in hospital or ICU are as follows: ACT nil, Tas 1, WA 1, NT 2, Qld 7, Vic 9, Tas 8, NSW 23.

* The national death toll is 98 – NSW 47, Victoria 18, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland 6, SA 4, ACT 3. (Two QLD residents who died in NSW have been included in both state’s counts).

* Nearly 5.7 million of an estimated 16 million people have registered for the federal government’s coronavirus tracing app, COVIDSafe, since April 26.

* The federal government is pursuing a three-phase easing of coronavirus restrictions in the coming months, with states and territories to determine their own timings.

* The initial phase sees cafes, restaurants and shops reopen plus outdoor gatherings allowed of up to 10 people. Five people permitted to visit other homes and up to 10 guests allowed at weddings, while funerals can have 20 mourners indoors and 30 outdoors. Real estate home inspections and auctions can resume with a 10-person limit, while children will return to schools and child care.

* Social distancing and hygiene measures retained.

* A staged return to school classrooms has begun in NSW and Queensland, while in Victoria prep, grades 1, 2, years 11 and 12 students return to their classrooms on May 26 with the rest returning from June 9. WA has reinstated compulsory school attendance from Monday, May 18.

* NSW has on Friday eased restrictions on outdoor gatherings and recreational activities, cafes, restaurants, clubs and pubs. People must maintain social distancing and stick to a group limit of 10. Working from home encouraged.

* Victorians may have up to five visitors in their homes. Gathering limits relaxed to 10 for outdoor activities including fishing, hiking and golf. Weddings can have up to 10 guests. Indoor funerals can have up to 20 people with 30 for outdoors.

* In Queensland, shopping for non-essential items permitted while up to five members of one household can visit other homes. Up to 10 people allowed to congregate in parks, pools and playgrounds from May 16. Outback pubs and clubs to reopen.

* South Australia has cleared the way for elective surgeries and regional accommodation to reopen, including caravan parks, hotels, motels and Airbnbs. Alcohol-free dining with 10-person limit allowed at cafes and restaurants. Seasonal workers must self-isolate before entering the state.

* WA is encouraging people to return to work from May 18, with cafes and restaurants allowed up to 20 patrons. Regional travel restrictions to ease in some areas.

* The Northern Territory has relaxed restrictions on parks, golf, fishing and swimming. Restaurants and bars can reopen with a two-hour limit from today, with entertainment venues to come. Restricted access to indigenous communities remain in place until at least June 18.

* Tasmanians to ease some restrictions from Monday May 18 with national parks and reserves open to residents within 30km for exercise, while public gathering limits will increase to 10 people. Libraries set to re-open from May 18, likely on a “click and collect” borrowing basis.

* The ACT will allow outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people from Saturday, easing restrictions on sport and recreation.


* Supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, public transport, some schools, hairdressers, petrol stations, postal and freight services, bottle shops, newsagents, retail shops. Restaurants restricted to takeaway and delivery in most states.


* Federal MPs will return to Canberra on June 10 to sit for two weeks, rather than break until August.

* The Queensland government is negotiating to join a consortium of investors to bid for Virgin Australia alive after it went into administration due to the impact of the coronavirus.

* A Queensland aged care home has gone into lockdown after a nurse tested positive for coronavirus while working there.

* South Australian clubs are the only AFL clubs facing relocation to quarantine hubs on the east coast after WA granted West Coast and Fremantle training and travel exemptions.

* All AFL players and staff ordered to undergo virus testing by Friday with CEO Gillon McLachlan to unveil details of the 2020 season relaunch.

* A major business group argues the minimum wage must remain frozen until mid-next year if people are to get back into work as the pandemic eases.

* Nearly 600,000 people lost their jobs in April as Australia’s unemployment rate jumped to a seasonally-adjusted 6.2 per cent, up from 5.2 in March.

* The number of unemployed people looking for work fell to just 63.5 per cent.

* South Australia has the nation’s highest unemployment rate at 7.2 per cent followed by Queensland at 6.8 per cent. NSW, Victoria, WA and the NT are all at 6 per cent.


* Cases: at least 4,521,725

* Deaths: at least 303,078

* Recovered: at least 1,702,152

*Data current as of 1130 AEST May 15, taking in federal government and state/territory government updates. Johns Hopkins virus tracker.

Australian Associated Press

Western Advocate – Health