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As the Australian Government continues to act on our plan to keep Australians as safe as possible from the spread of Coronavirus, I want to make sure people in our community have access to the current facts

We have implemented the Coronavirus Emergency Response Plan. Thanks to actions we took very early on, Australia is now ready and ahead and we plan on keeping it this way. 

We are acting on the expert advice of our Chief Medical Officer and the Prime Minister and Health Minister will continue to keep Australians informed.

Our community's safety is my top priority, and our country's safety is the top priority of the Morrison Government. 

I encourage you to go about your daily routine and to continue enjoying the many beautiful cafes, restaurants, shops and parks in our community.

 

What can you do to stay safe?

Good hygiene is the best way to avoid infection. This includes:

  • Regularly washing your hands with soap and water; 
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze;
  • Avoiding close contact with those who have been infected; and
  • Not attending the workplace if you are sick. 

Surgical masks are only recommended to members of the community who are displaying symptoms. If you are not unwell, there is no need to wear a surgical mask. 

If you do become unwell and have reason to believe you may have coronavirus it is important that you seek medical attention early. Make sure you call ahead so that your doctor's surgery can be prepared.

 

Do I need to stockpile anything?

No.

I understand the anxiety people may be feeling in our community. However, we are acting on the best and most up-to-date advice which says stockpiling household essentials is not encouraged. 

Australia was one of the first countries to declare a disease of pandemic potential. We've gotten ahead and are prepared. 

The Federal government has a fully prepared National Medical Stockpile for medicinal supplies. 

 

Travel Restrictions

Our priority is keeping Australians safe. 

Foreign nationals arriving to Australia from mainland China, Iran and South Korea will no longer be able to enter Australia as a safety precaution. 

Travellers from Italy will face advanced screening measures.

Australian citizens, permanent residents and their families will still be able to enter Australia so long as they self isolate at home for a period of 14 days. 

  • DFAT has now provided the following travel advice:
    • Do not travel to China or Iran; and 
    • Reconsider your need to travel to locations in Northern Italy and South Korea.
  • For further advice to those travelling or planning to travel outside Australia, please see the most up to date information on Smart Traveller (www.smarttraveller.gov.au

 

Where to find more information?

The Australian Government's response to coronavirus is adapting to the situation. You can keep up to date with the resources below:

  • National Coronavirus Health Information Line: 1800 020 080
  • Advice for parents, employers, travellers and more is available at the Department of Health website click here 
  • Fact Sheet: All you need to know click here

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