There’s little doubt the current COVID-19 situation is evolving fast. Every day we see new updates across the globe, and with so much information to process it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed.
So to assist our community to respond and adapt accordingly, we have compiled the latest statistics and recommendations in one place.
Please note that given the pace of change, these updates will provide the latest information as of publication day. Other updates will be shared on our social media as they occur.
As of the 31st March 2020, there have been 4,359 cases in Australia with 18 recorded deaths. In WA we have 364 cases and 2 recorded deaths. Today we saw 9 new cases; a significant reduction from previous days.
While this is a promising sign, we are asked to remain vigilant and continue practicing good hygiene and social distancing. Check the Department of Health website for live updates.
All Australians are now asked to limit all gatherings to 2 people only, unless they are household members. Exceptions for funerals and weddings also apply.
The advice is to stay home unless for:
- Shopping for essential food or medicine
- Medical, health or compassionate reasons (caring for family)
- Exercise, while following guidelines
- Work or study, if can’t do so remotely
On the 27th March, WA Health Minister Hon Roger Cook MLA announced that COVID-19 testing would now prioritise high-risk groups. This includes all health care workers, such as disability support workers.
Other priority groups include aged or residential care, rural and remote Aboriginal communities, detention centres, correctional facilities, boarding schools, and military barracks.
As of midnight today, travel between regional boundaries within WA is prohibited. Click here to view the district map. This doesn’t apply for those travelling for employment, medical needs, health services, transport of goods, living across regional boundaries, and on compassionate grounds.
Restricted regional travel comes on top of an existing ban on international travel and strict control of interstate arrivals. Everyone arriving to WA must self-isolate for 14 days.
Police enforce restrictions
An enforcement squad will now conduct spot checks on people who are required to self-isolate and will enforce bans on social gathering. Individuals may be fined up to $1,000 and businesses $5,000 for failing to comply with the latest restrictions.