Prime Minister Steven Marshall says schools in South Africa must remain open, while a rumor that the CBD will be blocked is flatly rejected.
He also warned of restrictions for people visiting elderly care facilities.
In a special press conference on coronavirus, he urged parents to continue sending their children to school.
“What happens after two weeks? The kids are going to school again, ”he said. “The schools have to remain open – and this applies to early learning centers and kindies.
The prime minister said statistics show that countries that have kept schools open have had better results.
“We recognize that parents have the right to make their own decisions, but they cannot simply remove a child from education
“I make this point – as much as I can – and it’s not a political or ideological decision – this is an evidence-based decision – children should go to school and preschool in SA and across the country and be friendly.”
“If we don’t, the risk increases and our ability to fight the coronavirus is compromised.
“It couldn’t be clearer, the advice from the experts is clear.
“We are following the example of nations that have done this. Singapore is considered one of the best practice examples for dealing with corona viruses. All students are in school.
“It is important to listen to the experts, otherwise we will undermine the ability to respond to the epidemic.”
He also called the rumor that the CBD or the state could be banned “ridiculous”.
“There is no government block. There is no CBD lock. That is wrong. It is not helpful. It is completely and absolutely ridiculous.
“There is no chance that we will block the CBD.”
“We won’t run out of food”
Mr. Marshall also raised the issue of panic buying and food safety and said SA would “not run out of food”.
“We have to make sure that access to food is in an orderly fraction, otherwise we increase the risk of coronaviruses.”
“Stay mussel – there is plenty to eat in Australia and SA.”
He urged people not to get tests if they showed no symptoms and said the health care system did not need a “crowd” of people who would lend themselves to unnecessary tests.
“Too many ‘well-worried’ people come along and use the finite services we have – we are in rapid test clinics, but this is not an opportunity for someone who thinks, ‘Oh, I have a ticklish throat’ Go and get one Test.
“We have to reserve test clinics for vulnerable people.”
Affected people should isolate themselves, he said.
“People have to take this pandemic very seriously – eight out of ten will recover with mild symptoms – they are not our concern – it will be passed on to vulnerable people – if we can manage the spread, we will save lives.”
“Look overseas, you can see where we could go if we didn’t defuse.”
The prime minister said restrictions are coming for people visiting nursing homes.
“The most susceptible to coronaviruses are older people living in residential facilities. We have seen three deaths in elderly care,” he said.
“It is important to get in early and put reasonable restrictions on people visiting homes for the elderly – and we will save lives.” It is extremely important to limit the number of visitors.
Fines for people who ignore isolation orders
In other developments, travelers returning to South Australia may face fines of up to $ 20,000 if they ignore strict instructions to isolate corona viruses.
It comes when the Prime Minister told the Australians this morning that they should not travel overseas and ban all non-essential gatherings of more than 100 people indoors. However, the Prime Minister said the Health Council was that schools should remain open.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has also advised all Australians traveling overseas to return home as soon as possible.
DFAT warned travelers that they may not be able to return home later, as more countries close their borders.
Those who return must isolate themselves for a fortnight.
When the state government was faced with a new budget of $ 2 billion after a GST amortization, the Anzac Day marches were also canceled, a rescue package for aviation was created, and two new virus cases surfaced in SA were unable to do so to meet increasing demand.
Meanwhile, in other coronavirus developments, South Australian seniors and pensioners have returned to supermarkets this morning to stock up on essentials before the shops open to the general public.
South Australian Senator Rex Patrick wants student nurses and doctors to quickly get to the front of the crisis and compare the coronavirus pandemic to a major war. His Center Alliance colleague, Rebekha Sharkie, urged a COVID-19 test center on the south coast.
Opposition Transport spokesman Tom Koutsantonis has raised concerns that the state government has withdrawn from pledging to hand over masks to all taxi drivers and passengers at Adelaide Airport.
Mr. Marshall also announced random police checks for people returning overseas after the Head of State of Public Health asked all travelers to isolate themselves for a fortnight when entering the SA.
Due to the new emergency powers announced at the weekend, the SA police will use the information on their incoming passenger visitor cards to “sample” travelers to ensure that they are following self-isolation orders.
The Declaration under the Public Health Act 2011 to stop the spread of COVID-19 stipulates that all overseas arrivals at Adelaide Airport will receive a special legal instruction from the Australian Border Guard, “their 14-day self-isolation obligation “a special SA Health Fact Sheet with advice and support information is presented.
Anyone who violates quarantine orders can face fines of up to $ 20,000.
The authorities asked people to fill out the forms correctly. Mr. Marshall said the tough stance was crucial.
“We just can’t sit idle,” he said. “We act to minimize and slow the spread of the corona virus here.
“All decisions are made based on advice from the country’s leading health professionals.”
Mr. Marshall said Australia could learn from other countries. “We are better able to learn from other countries (such as China and Italy),” he said.
“Our main plan is to slow the spread of the disease.”
Treasurer Rob Lucas also announced that the independent Commonwealth Grants Commission would cost the state budget $ 2 billion over the next four years – including a $ 166 million cut in GST this year and a $ 689 million cut Dollars next year. This does not mean a budget surplus this year or next.
Opposition spokesman Stephen Mullighan said it was the worst time to revise the GST distribution.
And as part of new government plans, domestic airlines will be charged fees and charges of around $ 715 million, including excise taxes on aviation fuel and flight service fees for domestic airline operations and aviation security.
The government will provide refunds for these fees, which have been paid since February 1, which will immediately get the industry back around $ 159 million.
In other developments:
ALLJunior SA football and many other codes have been canceled until further notice.
A NEW The drive-through coronavirus test clinic was opened in Mount Barker – the first of three regional COVID-19-specific clinics.
ORIGINALLY People in the APY countries were asked to stay at home and avoid large gatherings, including funerals and cultural events.
POLICE Suspended roadside drink and drug testing.
THERE It was asked to limit prenatal visits to 15 minutes and to win retired specialists as backups.
FAMILYS were instructed to discuss end-of-life preferences with older relatives.
FORMER Prime Minister Julia Gillard was self-isolating in the UK after sitting on a panel with Canadian leader Justin Trudeau’s wife, but was not tested on medical advice.
CROSSBENCH Senator Rex Patrick was also self-isolating after serving on a committee with liberal Senator Andrew Bragg.
PRIVATE Hospitals are “ready and willing” to relieve the public system and to start electoral operations.
AT THE At least 230,000 new face masks have arrived in Australia and are being delivered to states, pathology clinics, and general practitioners who take patient samples.
MORE Red Cross donors are encouraged to eliminate a lack of blood.
APPLICATION Voluntary dismissal packages were “stopped” for SA Health.
A NATIONAL The choir of more than 30 community organizations asked key service companies such as energy, water, finance, rental housing and telecommunications to help customers.
AT THE At least 12 CFS brigades across the state have canceled weekly training sessions indefinitely.
THE The opposition called for universal free flu vaccines.
FESTIVAL Groovin ‘The Moo, which was due to start at Wayville Showgrounds in late April, has been canceled.
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Schools in home trials while UniSA goes online
State schools were told that students should take their workbooks home with them and staff should make sure the children had enough material to “continue at least two weeks of off-site learning” to prepare for possible downtime.
And some private schools carry out test runs, to teach Students online at home.
Universities are also taking action, although official health recommendations for teaching remain open. As of next Monday, UniSA and Flinders University will only offer all lectures and seminars online.
There will be “some rough edges,” because it also places 1.5 m of buffer between students in tutorials and study areas, said Vice Chancellor David Lloyd.
The University of Adelaide said it had “taken extra precautions” in tutorials, but the lectures continued.
The private girls’ school Seymour College will go online for two weeks from Monday for all but older students. St. Peter’s College, Wilderness School and West Minster School are conducting experiments this week with students staying at home.
Scotch College, which was confirmed to have a COVID-19 case on Monday, remains closed today, but is testing its distance learning plan.
Minister of Education John Gardner said the state government “will present a number of eventualities related to distance learning for schools in the coming days.”
A spokesman for the education department said, “In the past few years, we have connected 420 locations (from about 513 schools) to high-speed fiber optic Internet.”
Peter Mader, president of the SA Secondary Principals Association, said that many schools are “very adept at teaching online,” but added that “access to technology and the Internet is not fairly distributed across our society, so it never is is simple to press a switch “.
Angela Falkenberg, president of the SA Primary Principals Association, said wealthy schools were fine, but others were fighting.
“Families may not have access to computers, may have data restrictions, and may have spent all of their available money on food,” she said.
Opposition education spokeswoman Susan Close called for more clarity.
Australia is under increasing pressure to take a back seat immediately.
One of the most respected medical professionals in South Australia believes that Australia needs to be shut down immediately and people should isolate themselves to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Dr. Bill Griggs, the former head of trauma services at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, said it was “inevitable” that Australia would have to be banned as countries like Italy and France have done to fight the virus.
“I think that seems inevitable, I was hoping it couldn’t be, but that seems to be the only way to stop it,” he said.
“I think we have to go into lockdown now.
“It still can’t stop, we’ll still make it through 70 percent of the population. Even if only one percent of them die, that’s a lot of people. The countries that have blocked wish they had done it earlier. “
Dr. Griggs, a member of the Australian General Health Protection Committee, said people should not attend mass gatherings at all, isolate themselves, and if possible work from home to minimize the risk.
“If you try to stop it like Italy tries, you have to accept that it will take a few weeks before the number of cases stops increasing,” he said.
“They had about 100 cases from memory when we had 50 at the end of February, and they only became ballistic in two weeks.
“We have made a big leap here in the last 24 hours.
“I think there is every chance that most countries in the world will go in this direction.”
He said it was encouraging that China slowed the spread through social isolation and stopped the movement of people.
“This is very important to us. The problem is that it’s somewhat contagious. You don’t know who may have got it. Just because someone is a friend or partner doesn’t mean that they may not exist, ”he said.
Dr. Griggs said a good example is the original SARS epidemic and how it spread so quickly around the world.
“It spread because a Chinese doctor went to Hong Kong, climbed into an elevator in a hotel, and seven others took the bug around the world in the elevator,” he said.
“It’s as easy as it can be. You don’t want this one event to happen, but once so many of these events happen, it’s almost impossible to stop.
“The social isolation stuff works, but people and governments are reluctant to do it because it incurs enormous costs, both personally and financially … but it is becoming increasingly obvious that this has to be done.”
An open letter from Australian doctors to the federal government demands immediate blocking.
Do the following if you feel sick or have had close or occasional contact with a coronavirus case.