Australia’s leaders are meeting today to consider tough new lockdown measures to contain the rapid spread of coronavirus, while also seeking to effectively put the economy on hold to save as many jobs and businesses as possible.
The Prime Minister, Premiers and Chief Ministers are discussing ways to spread the pain equally among workers and businesses, banks, landlords and renters, to give the economy the best chance of rebuilding on the other side of the crisis.
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Meanwhile, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has outlined the triggers that will force the state into a drastic “stage three” lockdown and the one number “we’re most worried about”, indicating she’s ready to move ahead of the Commonwealth if required.
More than 3000 cases of COVID-19 have now been confirmed across Australia with 1405 in New South Wales, 574 in Victoria, 555 in Queensland, 255 in Western Australia, 257 in South Australia, 62 in the ACT, 47 in Tasmania and 12 in the Northern Territory.
Thirteen people have died – two in WA, seven in NSW, one in Queensland and three in Victoria.
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