A COPY OF THE PRESENTATION GIVEN PLUS ASSOCIATED FAQs IS ATTACHED
Public health – measures announced today
Increase in cases up to yesterday – additional update from national virus lab last night – significant cluster of infections in ICU and increase in community transmission cases. This led to the need for increase in social distance recommendations Those with symptoms should self-isolate for 14 days.
Overall intention of implementation these measures now is to maximize the delay impact of this disease. An implication of this approach is that the length of time is longer, but it is considered the most prudent approach to take.
A big emphasis was on the need for social distancing – this will help to interrupt the transmission of the virus and is the key.
There is now a need to drive behavioural change.
Apply until 29 March.
Mass gatherings and workplaces
The 100 person threshold for indoor mass gatherings does not apply to workplaces. However the objective should be to reduce contacts where possible by staggering worktimes/workbreaks, teleworking where possible etc.
General public and shopping
Purchasing practices do not need to change and there is no need to stockpile goods.
Clear messaging from Minister Humphries on this today.