AU COVID-19 Virus Stats past month(s) and over the past year

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  1. Leaving (and returning to) Australia
    Click here for Australian Home Affairs news on travel overseas for Australian residents, temporary residents and non-citizens. If you are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident, you cannot leave Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions unless you have an exemption. Going "for a holiday" or "to catch up with friends / relatives" won't suffice, it needs to be
    1. either long-term (at least three months)
    2. or for business or government purposes
    3. or on compassionate or humanitarian grounds
    with written evidence to support these claims. Many countries worldwide are locked down except for returning residents. Europe's countries (including England and the Ukraine) with their Schengen (open borders) agreements have become somewhat of an exception. Click here for World Nomads latest page on countries with closed and open borders.

    The number of Australians desiring to return and registered with DFAT (Department Foreign Affairs and Trade) increased from 25,000 in September to 39,000 in December. And Home Affairs announced that since the end of March 2020 over 91,000 Australians had secured exemptions to leave the country (averaging about 2300 per week) adding to the potential backlog of those wanting to return.

    Click here for an up-to-date comparison report on arrivals and departures by Australians and non-Australians, pre COVID and since COVID.

    Click here for the DFAT registration page.

    Quarantine Caps by State
    In September 2020, due to quarantine caps only 3975 Australians were able to return weekly (Sydney 2450, Brisbane 500, Adelaide 500, Perth 525). But in mid October, Sydney Brisbane and Perth increased their caps by 500 each, and Adelaide by 380 to a total of nearly 6000 weekly. After Saturday 27th March, the Federal Government agreed to halve Queensland's intake, following the outbreak in Torres Strait and Papua New Guinea.
    ...

    Back to mid-October: At the same time it was announced the Howard Springs Facility, 25 kilometres south of Darwin, would open for overseas arrivals. Eight flights monthly, run by Qantas, would start as early as next week — four from London and four from India. The flights would be underwritten by the Federal Government with people flown back on Qantas Dreamliners which carry 200 passengers per trip.

    Nov 7th: Tasmania committed to increasing its hotel quarantine capacity after Prime Minister Scott Morrison said more Qantas flights would be sent to collect stranded Australians from overseas. Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein said the state, which had not been accepting returned travellers for hotel quarantine previously, would be creating 450 places. This would be in addition to the 6315 weekly quarantine spaces now available in the other states and territories.

    Nov 20th Victoria announced it was opening to international travellers from Dec 7th, initially capped at 160 per day. International flight arrivals had been cancelled since 2nd July. “Victoria has asked the commonwealth for a short extension of the suspension of international flights landing in Melbourne from November 22 to December 6 to allow the final preparations for Victoria’s reset quarantine accommodation program for returned travellers to take place,” a spokeswoman said.

    Jan 8th 2021: Following the arrival of a more infectious strain from the UK, Cabinet announced a halving in weekly numbers from January 15th until February 15th. NSW will reduce to 1505, Qld to 500, and WA to 512. There is no change in Victoria, which is already operating at less than half of its capacity and South Australia will also keep its intake, currently 490 people each week. The ACT, Northern Territory and Tasmania only have “bespoke arrangements” for arrivals, said Morrison.

    Feb 15th: Nationwide, the new weekly limits will be:

    • NSW 3,010 (from 1,505)
    • Queensland 1,000 (from 500).
    • Victoria Zero (original plan was 1,120). On Thursday 25th March, the state government announced that it would start accepting international arrivals in two weeks time.
    • SA 530 (from 490)
    • WA 512 (no change)
    • Howard Springs in Northern Territory 425
    • Total Caps 5,477 (from 3,432)

    Since January 8th 2021 masks have been mandatory on all flights, both international and domestic, hotel staff are to be tested daily, and where possible travellers must now return a negative COVID-19 test result prior to their departure to Australia.

    Current Weekly Caps

  2. World links
    Go to Timeline of initial reports China 16th Dec, USA & Sth Korea 20th Jan, Australia 25th Jan, India 30th Jan. Minimal increase until March except in China, and some growth in South Korea, Italy and Iran. Accelerating rapidly in March.

    Go to appropriate country for Local and Overseas announcements: Australia   Austria   Belgium   China   Croatia   Denmark   Finland   France   Germany   Greece   Iceland   India   Iran   Ireland   Israel   Italy   Japan   Netherlands   Norway   NZ   Poland   Russia   Serbia   S.Korea   Spain   Sweden   Switzerland   UK   US

    Current Deaths (in thousands): Worldwide: 3371   USA 599   Brazil 432   India 266   Mexico 220   UK 127   Italy 124   Russia 115   France 107   Germany 86   Colombia 80   Spain 79   Iran 76   Poland 71   Argentina 69   Peru 65   South Africa 55   Indonesia 47   Ukraine 47   Turkey 44   Czechia 29   Romania 29   Hungary 29   Chile 27   Canada 24   Belgium 24   Sweden 14   China 4

    Current Deaths per million (Countries 10 million+): Hungary 3010   Czechia 2785   Belgium 2115   Italy 2050   Brazil 2025   Peru 1965   Poland 1885   UK 1870   USA 1800   Spain 1695   Mexico 1690   Portugal 1670   France 1640   Colombia 1560   Romania 1535   Argentina 1530   Chile 1435   Sweden 1405   Bolivia 1135   Georgia 1105   Ukraine 1095   Ecuador 1090   Greece 1090   Germany 1030   Netherlands 1015

  3. Australia links
    Go to the reported dates of the 910 people who have died in Australia from the coronavirus

    Click here for Sharemarket & Currencies Au and US. Click here for countries worldwide.

    Go to JobKeeper launch, note that from April 2021 JobKeeper is no longer accessible.
    21st July 2020 Update JobKeeper payments extended for millions of stood-down workers — who usually work 20 hours or more — but they were cut from $1500 to $1200 a fortnight from September 28 to January 3, then to $1000 a fortnight from January 4 to March 28.

  4. To keep this in perspective
    Worldwide Birth Stats and Death Stats in a typical year estimate the average birthrate at about 4 to 5 babies per second or 386,000 per day (141 million for the year), the average death rate at about 162,000 per day (59 million for the year). It leads to a net yearly increase worldwide of about 82 million. The COVID impact would (theoretically) reduce this net increase to about 80 million.

    In Australia the numbers are a small fraction of this. The current average birthrate is about 34 babies per hour or 820 per day (300,000 for the year), the average death rate is about 18 per hour or 440 per day (160,000 for the year) leading to a net natural yearly increase of about 140,000. COVID deaths as a percentage have been negligible. Net migrant intake on top of this has historically been about 160,000.

    But with no signs of borders reopening anytime before 2022, the budget papers released in October 2020 show net migration numbers are expected to fall from 154,000 in the 2019-20 financial year to a net loss of 72,000 in 2020-21. Negative levels of migration will be a first for Australia since World War II. The country’s population growth dropping to just 0.2 per cent due to border closures and a slowed fertility rate, will be the lowest rate in more than 100 years.

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Australia Statistics by Month (Figures in units)

DateAU
Total / Active / Hospital
NSW Total / Active / HospitalQld
Total / Active / Hospital
Vic Total / Active / HospitalOther Active
16/05/2021 29975 / 158 / 24 5558 / 96 / 2 1589 / 13 / 13 20544 / 22 / 0 WA 7
SA 14
Tas 0
ACT 0
NT 6
30/04/2021 29801 / 293 / 72 5477 / 129 / 2 1559 / 29 / 18 20518 / 24 / 0  
31/03/2021 29304 / 159 / 73 5291 / 52 / 0 1467 / 71 / 71 20484 / 1 / 0  
28/02/2021 28970 / 72 / 19 5177 / 38 / 4 1329 / 11 / 11 20481 / 15 / 2  

DateAU
Total / Active / Hospital
NSW Total / Active / HospitalQld
Total / Active / Hospital
Vic Total / Active / HospitalOther Active
31/01/2021 28810 / *69 / 14 5104 / *22 / 2 1309 / 6 / 7 20448 / 20 / 0  
31/12/2020 28405 / *218 / 21 4923 / *170 / 2 1253 / 14 / 14 20368 / 10 / 0  
30/11/2020 27904 / *61 / 22 4577 / *4 / 2 1202 / 13 / 13 20345 / 0 / 0  
31/10/2020 27589 / *190 / 17 4421 / *52 / 6 1171 / 4 / 4 20346 / 71 / 2  
30/09/2020 27078 / *393 / 55 4224 / *59 / 8 1157 / 5 / 3 20169 / 305 / 44  
31/08/2020 25746 / *2828 / 481 4050 / *174 / 9 1122 / 27 / 18 19080 / 2620 / 453  
31/07/2020 16906 / *5985 / 367 3756 / *219 / 11 1083 / 10 / 5 10577 / 5743 / 349  
**Cruise Ship adj. 8023 / *337 / 14 3378 / *7 / 4 1067 / 2 / 1 2159 / 321 / 9  
30/06/2020 7834 / *337 / 14 3189 / *7 / 4 1067 / 2 / 1 2159 / 321 / 9  
31/05/2020 7195 / 478 / 21 3095 / 362 / 11 1058 / 5 / 1 1649 / 73 / 6  
30/04/2020 6753 / 945 / 87 3016 / 694 / 27 1033 / 84 / 11 1361 / 52 / 18  
31/03/2020 4561 / 4189 / ca.310 2032 / 2025 / ca.120 743 / 622 / ca.65 917 / 740 / ca.32  
29/02/2020 23 5 9 4  
31/01/2020 9 4 2 3  

On Friday 12 June, the reporting of active cases in NSW changed. Cases that are not recorded as recovered or deceased after six weeks are not included. It reduced the number of active cases from Wednesday 10 June by 261.

*On Thursday 25 June (until Sunday 28 February 2021), NSW adjusted the definition again, to cases locally acquired with onset in the last 4 weeks. It reduced the number from Wednesday 24 June by 93. After 28 February 2021, active cases in NSW include both local and overseas acquired.

**On Friday 3rd July, a further 189 historic cases in cruise ship crew members were classified as Australian cases and added to NSW's total, backdated to 15th April.

On Sunday 2 August, the reporting of total cases in WA has changed. Historical cases diagnosed through a blood test and indicative of infection in the past are now excluded. It reduced the number from Saturday by 28.

Australia Recent 3-Day Statistics (Figures in units)

Date   ↑ ↓
 
AU
Total / Active
AU 3 Day
Growth
NSW Total / ActiveNSW 3 Day
Growth
Qld
Total / Active
Qld 3 Day
Growth
Vic Total / ActiveVic 3 day
Growth
15/05/2021 29964 / 157 18 5555 / 98 9 1586 / 13 3 20540 / 18 3
12/05/2021 29946 / 177 24 5546 / 102 13 1583 / 18 3 20537 / 19 4
09/05/2021 29922 / 221 41 5533 / 120 17 1580 / 19 9 20533 / 22 7
06/05/2021 29881 / 247 43 5516 / 121 27 1571 / 20 4 20526 / 19 3
03/05/2021 29838 / 260 37 5489 / 125 12 1567 / 18 8 20523 / 21 5

From Sunday 28 February 2021 back to Thursday 25 June 2020, Australia and NSW Active excludes overseas cases acquired in NSW

Date   ↑ ↓
 
AU
Total / Active
AU 3 Day
Growth
NSW Total / ActiveNSW 3 Day
Growth
Qld
Total / Active
Qld 3 Day
Growth
Vic Total / ActiveVic 3 day
Growth
30/04/2021 29801 / 293 84 5477 / 129 37 1559 / 29 25 20518 / 24 5
27/04/2021 29717 / 260 62 5440 / 100 21 1534 / 15 9 20513 / 27 5
24/04/2021 29655 / 234 79 5419 / 94 24 1525 / 16 6 20508 / 23 6
21/04/2021 29576 / 176 63 5395 / 78 19 1519 / 17 1 20502 / 14 8
18/04/2021 29513 / 148 47 5376 / 70 20 1518 / 27 9 20494 / 10 2
15/04/2021 29466 / 148 47 5356 / 61 17 1509 / 43 5 20492 / 8 5
12/04/2021 29419 / 130 29 5339 / 52 19 1504 / 55 3 20487 / 3 3
09/04/2021 29390 / 129 27 5320 / 41 10 1501 / 63 10 20484 / 0 0
06/04/2021 29363 / 148 22 5310 / 41 11 1491 / 70 3 20484 / 1 0
03/04/2021 29341 / 145 37 5299 / 39 8 1488 / 74 21 20484 / 1 0
31/03/2021 29304 / 159 48 5291 / 52 10 1467 / 71 21 20484 / 1 1
28/03/2021 29256 / 155 28 5281 / 59 6 1446 / 71 17 20483 / 0 0
25/03/2021 29228 / 148 23 5275 / 57 9 1429 / 65 8 20483 / 0 0
22/03/2021 29205 / 147 22 5266 / 57 10 1421 / 58 10 20483 / 1 0
19/03/2021 29183 / 148 48 5256 / 56 14 1411 / 57 23 20483 / 2 0
16/03/2021 29135 / 110 29 5242 / 46 8 1388 / 37 9 20483 / 2 0
13/03/2021 29106 / 118 32 5234 / 56 14 1379 / 42 12 20483 / 3 0
10/03/2021 29074 / 119 39 5220 / 60 11 1367 / 29 18 20483 / 6 1
07/03/2021 29035 / 97 28 5209 / 56 16 1349 / 25 7 20482 / 5 1
04/03/2021 29007 / 84 29 5193 / 47 13 1342 / 21 11 20481 / 7 0
01/03/2021 28978 / 71 21 5180 / 38 14 1331 / 11 3 20481 / 17 0
26/02/2021 28957 / 35 20 5166 / 0 12 1328 / 11 5 20481 / 17 2
23/02/2021 28937 / 42 17 5154 / 0 8 1323 / 7 2 20479 / 25 0
20/02/2021 28920 / 39 9 5146 / 0 3 1321 / 5 1 20479 / 25 4
17/02/2021 28911 / 41 13 5143 / 0 5 1320 / 6 0 20475 / 25 6
14/02/2021 28898 / 42 21 5138 / 0 6 1320 / 7 3 20469 / 21 9
11/02/2021 28877 / 48 21 5132 / 9 9 1317 / 6 3 20460 / 17 4
08/02/2021 28856 / 53 14 5123 / 9 6 1314 / 7 5 20456 / 20 0
05/02/2021 28842 / 54 19 5117 / 11 5 1309 / 5 -2 20456 / 24 6
02/02/2021 28823 / 60 17 5112 / 15 11 1311 / 7 2 20450 / 22 2
30/01/2021 28806 / 72 20 5101 / 23 8 1309 / 6 3 20448 / 23 4
27/01/2021 28786 / 104 20 5093 / 39 6 1306 / 12 3 20444 / 31 8
24/01/2021 28766 / 129 17 5087 / 63 3 1303 / 15 3 20436 / 30 3
21/01/2021 28749 / 171 28 5084 / 87 10 1300 / 23 6 20433 / 34 5
18/01/2021 28721 / 205 56 5074 / 113 29 1294 / 25 4 20428 / 33 14
15/01/2021 28665 / 260 32 5045 / 155 11 1290 / 30 9 20414 / 28 3
12/01/2021 28633 / 317 51 5034 / 200 33 1281 / 28 7 20411 / 38 7
09/01/2021 28582 / 307 46 5001 / 197 23 1274 / 21 11 20404 / 40 2
06/01/2021 28536 / 300 53 4978 / 196 20 1263 / 18 8 20402 / 41 11
03/01/2021 28483 / 273 78 4958 / 188 35 1255 / 13 2 20391 / 32 23
31/12/2020 28405 / 218 72 4923 / 170 51 1253 / 14 7 20368 / 10 4
28/12/2020 28333 / 193 57 4872 / 139 40 1246 / 13 6 20364 / 11 3
25/12/2020 28276 / 164 57 4832 / 119 43 1240 / 12 5 20361 / 10 1
22/12/2020 28219 / 140 94 4789 / 95 77 1235 / 10 3 20360 / 11 6
19/12/2020 28125 / 92 69 4712 / 42 55 1232 / 10 3 20354 / 10 2
16/12/2020 28056 / 45 26 4657 / 1 15 1229 / 17 3 20352 / 7 1
13/12/2020 28030 / 53 30 4642 / 1 18 1226 / 21 2 20351 / 6 6
10/12/2020 28000 / 49 28 4624 / 1 10 1224 / 22 9 20345 / 0 0
07/12/2020 27972 / 45 23 4614 / 1 11 1215 / 16 7 20345 / 0 0
04/12/2020 27949 / 47 37 4603 / 1 21 1208 / 10 6 20345 / 0 0
01/12/2020 27912 / 57 27 4582 / 4 18 1202 / 10 3 20345 / 0 0
28/11/2020 27885 / 71 32 4564 / 8 12 1199 / 13 2 20345 / 0 0
25/11/2020 27853 / 97 34 4552 / 12 14 1197 / 14 4 20345 / 0 0
22/11/2020 27819 / 90 35 4538 / 15 24 1193 / 13 3 20345 / 1 0
19/11/2020 27784 / 95 39 4514 / 19 16 1190 / 12 5 20345 / 3 0
16/11/2020 27745 / 85 46 4498 / 20 16 1185 / 8 2 20345 / 3 0
13/11/2020 27699 / 74 23 4482 / 24 8 1183 / 8 5 20345 / 3 0
10/11/2020 27676 / 77 26 4474 / 28 15 1178 / 8 1 20345 / 4 0
07/11/2020 27650 / 99 28 4459 / 44 16 1177 / 8 0 20345 / 8 0
04/11/2020 27622 / 118 29 4443 / 49 18 1177 / 8 6 20345 / 30 -1
01/11/2020 27593 / 180 28 4425 / 52 14 1171 / 4 2 20346 / 61 2
29/10/2020 27565 / 204 42 4411 / 56 25 1169 / 5 2 20344 / 76 2
26/10/2020 27523 / 226 47 4386 / 53 16 1167 / 3 0 20342 / 100 12
23/10/2020 27476 / 217 47 4370 / 54 23 1167 / 6 3 20330 / 100 10
20/10/2020 27429 / 229 51 4347 / 51 14 1164 / 4 0 20320 / 122 3
17/10/2020 27378 / 218 41 4333 / 45 23 1164 / 4 3 20317 / 148 6
14/10/2020 27337 / 237 76 4310 / 31 32 1161 / 2 0 20311 / 182 30
11/10/2020 27261 / 232 57 4278 / 23 17 1161 / 4 1 20281 / 189 34
08/10/2020 27204 / 242 60 4261 / 23 26 1160 / 4 0 20247 / 203 31
05/10/2020 27144 / 287 35 4235 / 36 4 1160 / 6 0 20216 / 227 27
02/10/2020 27109 / 337 54 4231 / 48 11 1160 / 6 3 20189 / 261 31
29/09/2020 27055 / 412 39 4220 / 62 2 1157 / 8 1 20158 / 326 28
26/09/2020 27016 / 590 44 4218 / 90 6 1156 / 7 3 20130 / 482 30
23/09/2020 26972 / 680 75 4212 / 115 12 1153 / 5 1 20100 / 554 58
20/09/2020 26897 / 905 84 4200 / 140 10 1152 / 19 2 20042 / 743 72
17/09/2020 26813 / 1121 121 4190 / 149 20 1150 / 27 1 19970 / 941 98
14/09/2020 26692 / 1258 128 4170 / 149 18 1149 / 30 4 19872 / 1075 105
11/09/2020 26564 / 1513 190 4152 / 145 26 1145 / 28 11 19767 / 1336 152
08/09/2020 26374 / 1865 167 4126 / 139 22 1134 / 25 5 19615 / 1696 136
05/09/2020 26207 / 2149 284 4104 / 165 25 1129 / 26 3 19479 / 1956 255
02/09/2020 25923 / 2621 253 4079 / 173 39 1126 / 28 5 19224 / 2415 209
30/08/2020 25670 / 3046 348 4040 / 181 34 1121 / 28 11 19015 / 2830 301
27/08/2020 25322 / 3703 407 4006 / 187 18 1110 / 16 4 18714 / 3488 384
24/08/2020 24915 / 3983 508 3988 / 221 16 1106 / 18 12 18330 / 3731 478
21/08/2020 24407 / 4677 634 3972 / 234 13 1094 / 6 3 17852 / 4421 614
18/08/2020 23773 / 7555 738 3959 / 261 14 1091 / 7 0 17238 / 7274 721
15/08/2020 23035 / 8183 908 3945 / 286 30 1091 / 9 2 16517 / 7875 871
12/08/2020 22127 / 8191 1043 3915 / 289 54 1089 / 11 1 15646 / 7877 987
09/08/2020 21084 / 8157 1221 3861 / 275 29 1088 / 11 0 14659 / 7854 1190
06/08/2020 19863 / 7741 1573 3832 / 262 35 1088 / 12 3 13469 / 7449 1532
03/08/2020 18290 / 6768 1384 3797 / 250 41 1085 / 12 2 11937 / 6489 1360
31/07/2020 16906 / 5985 1604 3756 / 219 57 1083 / 10 7 10577 / 5743 1528
28/07/2020 15302 / 4959 1354 3699 / 172 45 1076 / 5 0 9049 / 4775 1305
25/07/2020 13948 / 4157 1054 3654 / 140 40 1076 / 5 3 7744 / 4157 1005
22/07/2020 12894 / 3543 1092 3614 / 110 46 1073 / 3 2 6739 / 3408 1043
19/07/2020 11802 / 2930 994 3568 / 59 41 1071 / 2 0 5696 / 2837 946
16/07/2020 10808 / 2213 828 3527 / 44 35 1071 / 4 0 4750 / 2128 783
13/07/2020 9980 / 1662 621 3492 / 18 25 1071 / 4 3 3967 / 1612 588
10/07/2020 9359 / 1206 604 3467 / 6 34 1068 / 2 0 3379 / 1172 555
07/07/2020 8755 / 795 393 3433 / 5 28 1068 / 2 1 2824 / 772 355
04/07/2020 8362 / 523 253 3405 / 6 13 1067 / 1 0 2469 / 509 238
Cruise Ship adj. 8109 / 386 3392 / 7 1067 / 2 2231 / 370
01/07/2020 7920 / 386 234 3203 / 7 26 1067 / 2 0 2231 / 370 203
28/06/2020 7686 / 218 128 3177 / 7 18 1067 / 2 1 2028 / 204 111
25/06/2020 7558 / 174 84 3159 / 5 8 1066 / 2 0 1917 / 163 70
22/06/2020 7474 / 221 65 3151 / 90 8 1066 / 3 0 1847 / 125 55
19/06/2020 7409 / 180 62 3143 / 83 9 1066 / 4 1 1792 / 91 51
16/06/2020 7347 / 135 45 3134 / 76 15 1065 / 5 0 1741 / 51 30
13/06/2020 7302 / 136 26 3119 / 65 2 1065 / 5 3 1711 / 47 20
10/06/2020 7276 / 420 16 3117 / 332 8 1062 / 3 0 1691 / 54 6
07/06/2020 7260 / 443 20 3109 / 336 3 1062 / 3 2 1685 / 70 7
04/06/2020 7240 / 474 38 3106 / 358 8 1060 / 8 2 1678 / 75 25
01/06/2020 7202 / 481 29 3098 / 365 6 1058 / 5 0 1653 / 74 19
29/05/2020 7173 / 488 40 3092 / 378 0 1058 / 6 1 1634 / 66 24
26/05/2020 7133 / 478 25 3092 / 383 6 1057 / 12 -3 1610 / 58 8
23/05/2020 7108 / 516 29 3086 / 385 5 1060 / 13 2 1602 / 99 21
20/05/2020 7079 / 535 35 3081 / 403 6 1058 / 12 3 1581 / 97 23
17/05/2020 7044 / 582 55 3075 / 419 12 1055 / 12 3 1558 / 123 38
14/05/2020 6989 / 590 41 3063 / 423 10 1052 / 16 7 1520 / 117 24
11/05/2020 6948 / 672 34 3053 / 492 6 1045 / 18 0 1496 / 118 28
08/05/2020 6914 / 738 63 3047 / 517 12 1045 / 45 2 1468 / 123 45
05/05/2020 6851 / 864 70 3035 / 642 4 1043 / 57 9 1423 / 94 52
02/05/2020 6781 / 892 35 3031 / 690 15 1034 / 63 1 1371 / 53 17
29/04/2020 6746 / 986 32 3016 / 710 14 1033 / 94 3 1354 / 49 5
26/04/2020 6714 / 1090 54 3002 / 760 26 1030 / 98 4 1349 / 67 12
23/04/2020 6660 / 1537 41 2976 / 938 13 1026 / 282 7 1337 / 70 8
20/04/2020 6619 / 2284 96 2963 / 1579 37 1019 / 275 12 1329 / 118 27
17/04/2020 6523 / 2640 127 2926 / 1545 56 1007 / 560 13 1302 / 129 11
14/04/2020 6396 / 2741 115 2870 / 1489 23 994 / 551 20 1291 / 159 26
11/04/2020 6281 / 2971 258 2847 / 1469 113 974 / 602 31 1265 / 265 53
08/04/2020 6023 / 3150 330 2734 / 1358 154 943 / 594 36 1212 / 464 77
05/04/2020 5693 / 3338 557 2580 282 907 / 730 72 1135 / 554 99
02/04/2020 5136 886 2298 380 835 146 1036 215
30/03/2020 4250 1070 1918 513 689 134 821 247
27/03/2020 3180 1130 1405 587 555 158 574 163
24/03/2020 2050 979 818 383 397 176 411 182
21/03/2020 1071 505 435 169 221 127 229 108
18/03/2020 566 266 94 121
14/03/2020 248 111 46 49
07/03/2020 73 36 14 11
29/02/2020 23 5 9 4
31/01/2020 9 4 2 3

Australia Recent 14-day Statistics (Figures in units)

Total New Cases past 14 daysAUNSWQldVicWASATasACTNT
May 4 since April 20294109502530420137
April 20 since April 619377271530270017
April 6 since March 23152406911719006
March 23 since March 9150556001122011
March 9 since February 231246139478041
February 23 since February 9772982369002
February 9 since January 2681341013137004
January 26 since January 12146572432178008
January 12 since December 29284153334719160016

Total New Cases past 14 daysAUNSWQldVicWASATasACTNT
December 29 since December 153012312012209018
December 15 since December 1136682671714013
December 1 since November 17156801603317037
November 17 since November 3146671101842008
November 3 since October 201818811253219015
October 20 since October 62561014875113000
October 6 since September 22231407157225000
September 22 since September 8568801946171000
September 8 since August 25132113528115152000
August 25 since August 11333994173213114000
August 11 since July 286410198136202-1711102
July 28 since July 14505319454825235100
July 14 since June 30222812742065250052
June 30 since June 1648755241893000
June 16 since June 212630678110010
June 2 since May 1915326290341000
May 19 since May 5217431415061300
May 5 since Apr 21205661987512232
April 21 since Apr 7728 + *189283 + *18990145762210570
April 7 since Mar 2438681868537780295245635822
March 24 since Mar 10193875837939216916333395
March 10 since Jan 111260181967200

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If self-quarantined on medical advice, and need groceries or medications delivered, or to have a health issue answered, call 13HEALTH i.e. 1343 2584.
In Qld, a new Community Recovery Hotline is now available 1800 173 349 for medications and grocery drops by charities to your door.

Latest Announcements 2021

Queensland Easing of Restrictions 2020

From 4pm Tuesday 17 November 2020

* From 13th March 2021, You can have 100 people at private properties and 500 people in public outdoor spaces.
  From 15th April 2021, there are no limits on the number of people that can gather in public spaces.
  Weddings and Funerals can have 200 people or one person per 2 square metres — whichever is greater
.

Earlier Easing of Restrictions

From 4pm Friday 16 October 2020

Restrictions Status Report 2nd October 2020

From 12 noon Friday July 3 2020

Family, friends and community

Businesses and economy

^ Max 50 with a COVID Safe Checklist when not complying with the COVID Safe Industry Plan
§ Provided contact details are kept for at least 56 days
¥ Defined areas no longer required.

Click here for the COVID Safe Checklist for Qld industry including places of worship.

Queensland Quarantine Rules

From 10 July 2020, people who have been in a hotspot in the last 14 days will only be able to enter Queensland if they are a returning Queensland resident or required to enter for a limited range of essential reasons. Queensland residents returning to Queensland from a hotspot must quarantine in government provided accommodation at their own expense for 14 days on entering Queensland.
All overseas countries are defined as hotspots, also these places inside Australia.

Non-resident exemptions:

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said funerals were too high risk to allow exemptions, and qualified "compassionate grounds" as predominantly applying to those visiting dying relatives. "If the hospital or palliative care service is able to supervise the interaction and provide PPE (personal protective equipment), then that person can visit their dying relative," Dr Young said. She said that even with that exemption, people travelling on health, legal or compassionate ground would still need to quarantine in a hotel first.

30th October Qld announced that the border will reopen from Tuesday Nov 3 at 1am to the remaining parts of NSW, but still excluding greater Sydney and Victoria.

22nd September From 1am on October 1, residents in Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Glen Innes local government areas will be able to travel into Queensland and Queensland residents will be able to travel to those areas. All residents will still need to obtain a Queensland Border Declaration Pass before entering (or returning to) Queensland. Click here to see details. Applications can be made at the border, however you may face delays.

To prepare for the high-risk (Spring-Summer) weather season, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) will end its role in enforcing Queensland border control points at the end of September. But more than 300 army soldiers will remain stationed at the state's quarantine hotels. ...

18th September Queensland borders will open to air travellers from the Australian Capital Territory from 1am on Friday 25th September.
The border to Canberra was closed at the same time NSW was declared a hotspot, after one person used the inland state as a backdoor into QLD to bypass restrictions. No change has been made to current NSW and Victoria restrictions, with all return travellers expected to enter mandatory hotel quarantine at their own cost upon entry to Queensland.

The restrictions on the inland state drew fierce criticism last week after Canberra nurse Sarah Caisip, 26, was unable to attend her father’s funeral due to mandatory 14 day quarantine restrictions. She was eventually granted an eleventh hour exemption to attend a short private viewing following the service.

5th August
From 1am Saturday August 8th, the existing entry ban on Victorians and greater Sydney would now be extended to those coming from all of NSW and ACT. The border pass system will be strengthened, and people will have to provide photo identification. The road border between QLD-NSW will be closed to all but a few border communities and freight, with Queenslanders having to enter via South Australia, Northern Territory or air.

29th July
From 1am Saturday August 1st, the existing entry ban on Victorians would now be extended to those coming from greater Sydney. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the new restrictions after two teenagers – who returned to the state on July 21 from Melbourne, via Sydney - became the first people with Covid to be in the community since May.

14th July
Less than a week after the border reopened, residents from parts of Sydney will be prevented from entering into Queensland without a two-week quarantine period. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced on Tuesday morning that the local government areas of Liverpool and Campbelltown would be declared “COVID-19 hotspots” from midday.

An arrangement to allow NRL Football teams to be exempted from this quarantine followed the NRL issuing its NSW teams with new restrictions — no visiting of cafes, restaurants, pubs, beaches, or golf courses.

9th July
Queensland will close its border to non-residents who have been in Victoria in the last 14 days. From midday on Friday, visitors from Victoria will be turned around at the Queensland border, and will not be able to quarantine in Queensland for two weeks to gain access.

Victoria Easing of Restrictions 2020

Sunday 8th November
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed that from 11.59pm Sunday night, the 25km limit as well as the “ring of steel” between regional and metropolitan Melbourne will be lifted.

Limits on hospitality patronage will increase to 40 customers indoor with 70 seated outside. Attendee limits for funerals and religious gatherings will increase to 20 indoors and 50 outdoors. Indoor exercise and entertainment will be increased to 20 people per venue.

The 10-person limits on outdoor gatherings and weddings will remain. Mr Andrews said Victorians would need to continue working from home as well as wearing masks when in public. “The time for that to change is not now,” he said. "You can still only have a maximum of two people to visit per day. Going forward though, those two people don’t need to be from the same household, and they’ll be able to come at different times.
Instead of a specific number of visitors at hospitals and aged care – a household will be able to visit together, once per day and limited to two hours.

The state of emergency order will be extended until December 6 to enforce the Chief Health Officer’s directions.

Monday 26th October
Melburnians will be released from stay-at-home restrictions on Wednesday, for the first time since July 7. However, the 25km travel limit will remain in place.

“The most important thing today is to acknowledge that with zero cases and so much testing over the weekend, not just in the north but across the whole state, we are able to say that now is the time to open up,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said.

From 11:59pm on Tuesday, retail will reopen in Melbourne, as will restaurants, hotels, cafes and bars, with limits of 20 people indoors, including 10 people per space, and 50 people outdoors with one person per two square metres.

Saturday 24th October South Australia’s border restrictions with Victoria have been eased with a travel bubble being extended to 70km on either side of the border, enabling people to travel without having to provide a reason. People in Victoria are also now allowed to enter South Australia if they wish to permanently relocate, either for work or to come home.

Sunday 18th October

The Premier has released a statement, detailing the relaxation of social restrictions from midnight tonight including:

Victoria Curfew Lifted

Sunday 27th September

Saturday 26th September
Victorian Health Minister resigned, effective immediately, citing "disappointment at the undermining of her integrity."
Click here for a snapshot of her full statement (from twitter.com).

Monday 21st September
The Australian's Main Editorial

The fall in Victoria's daily total of new COVID-19 cases to 14 on Sunday came at a good time...

The Australian Monday 21st September Cartoon: Johannes Leak
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Victoria state of disaster — Melbourne curfew introduced

Sunday August 2nd Victoria will declare a state of disaster and stage four restrictions will be imposed from 6pm tonight, including a police-enforced curfew in metro Melbourne.
Under "shock and awe" state of disaster provisions, an *8pm - 5am curfew will be imposed by police and soldiers across Melbourne, starting tonight and continuing daily for at least six weeks.
The state of disaster declaration means Victoria Police and others have been granted additional powers, and the government can also suspend various acts of the parliament.

*The curfew is extended to 9pm - 5am as a minor easing from 11.59pm on September 13 and will remain in place until September 28. It also allows people who live alone to nominate one person to visit. Exercise limits will be increased from one hour to two hours per day and the five-kilometre travel limit will no longer apply. Regional Victoria will allow up to five people from up to two houses to gather outside.


Image source 9news

However, from 11:59pm on Wednesday 16 September, regional Victoria has moved further towards reopening

Victoria Announcements June - July

Australia Borders Rules July 1 2020

Australia What Where When June 27 2020

June 2020 Updates

Queensland

NSW

May 2020 Updates

Victoria's level of new cases daily is still high in comparison with all other states, with many of the cases detected in returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.
On Sunday 31st May its State of Emergency was extended to 21 June, but some restrictions have been eased.

On Sunday 17th May the Victoria Premier announced that pubs, cafes and restaurants will be open to 20 diners from June 1, and venues could serve up to 100 patrons by mid-July.
Right now there are still only five reasons to leave your home:

The message to Victorians remains the same – if you can stay at home, you must stay at home.

Queensland Schools ready to reopen May 25 amid coronavirus
Announced Friday afternoon 15th May SBS

Queensland schools will soon be humming again after the government gave the green light for all grades to return. Queensland schools will reopen for all grades from May 25, but school formals remain on the backburner. The government has given a final green light for students in years 2 to 10 to head back to their classrooms. Kindy, Prep, Year 1 and Years 11 and 12 went back this week, as part of a staggered resumption of school operations....


 

"This latest step is only possible given the low transmission rates that Queensland has experienced and thanks to the efforts of all Queenslanders," Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Friday. "Our decision to adopt a sensible and deliberate approach with this phased return has proven to be the right one as we progressively move to relax the range of COVID-19 restrictions in place across the state."
 
Education Minister Grace Grace said this week has gone well. "Our staged return to school has gone so smoothly with parents and carers heeding the advice around 'stop, drop and go' to ensure the health, wellbeing and safety of all."
 
Students and staff have been given strict rules aimed at reducing the risk of new coronavirus infections. Adults must maintain physical distancing of 1.5 metres and must not gather in groups in and around school grounds, car parks, school gates and outside classrooms.
 
Inside school gates, students are not social distancing but desks have been moved apart where possible, and start and finish times have been staggered. Contact sports have been cancelled but physical education classes will return.
 
Parents have been urged not to send any student to class if they are unwell. "We are not out of the woods yet," Ms Grace said. "If there is an outbreak, the school involved will be closed down and undergo an intense clean which could take three to four days."
 
The minister said formals for Year 12s are still off the table, and won't proceed until the chief health officer gives her approval.
 

Queensland Easing of Restrictions Stage 1 Saturday May 16
Announced Friday 8th May

From 11.59pm, Friday May 15, the following will be allowed in Queensland:

Monday May 11 state by state snapshot
See remarks below this image with regards to Victoria

Victoria announcement

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Tuesday 5th May
Back-to-school push gathers pace in Qld, NSW, Tasmania
The Australian

More Australian children are returning to school sooner after Queensland and NSW brought forward plans for more face-to-face learning and Tasmanian kids head back to the classroom in growing numbers, despite that state government’s advice to learn from home where possible.

From Monday May 11, Queensland children in kindy, Prep, Year 1 and Years 11 and 12 will head back to the classroom, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said. The move will be assessed on May 15 and, all being well, Years 2 to 10 will return on May 25.

Ms Palaszczuk had previously flagged that her state would examine relaxing school restrictions only on May 15, but few COVID-19 cases, high levels of concern among parents and the need to kickstart the economy prompted a faster timetable back to school. “Our numbers are still low, and that is the reason why we can now put in place these dates … they are subject to change if we do get increases with any community transmission or any outbreaks," Ms Palaszczuk said.

Teachers will have to exercise social distancing around the school, as well as parents, but children in classrooms will not be expected to stay distant from each other. Schools must organise appropriate pick-up and drop-off arrangements to ensure the necessary distancing....

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian also weighed into the schools issue on Monday, saying all going well, NSW students could be back in the classroom faster than anticipated. She said she had instructed public schools in the state to “expedite” classes for Year 12 students preparing for their end-of-year examinations, and the “overwhelming majority” had done so.
 
Other students in NSW will return to the classroom one day a week from Monday May 11, moving to two days a week later in term two. “If the first few weeks go well, we will consider bringing back full-time face-to-face teaching in a quicker way than we first anticipated,” Ms Berejiklian said.
 
With 70 per cent of children in South Australia and about 60 per cent in Western Australia now back at school in term two, and the Northern Territory’s schools remaining open, Victoria, the ACT and Tasmania are the only jurisdictions encouraging students to learn from home if they can, with exceptions for the children of ­essential workers or vulnerable children.
 
In Tasmania, the number of students attending state schools since term two began on Tuesday last week has almost tripled, from 7-8 per cent at the end of last term to 19-20 per cent. Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein defended the decision to keep schools closed to most students, saying it was necessary to reduce the movement of people.
 
Mr Gutwein said the learn-from-home policy was planned to be in place for all of term two but was being constantly reviewed. Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff suggested a staged return to school, prioritising early years and Year 12 students, was being considered.
 
The Queensland government’s decision to bring children back to the classroom next week would place “huge pressure” on schools and cause significant angst among teachers and parents, the state’s teachers union warned. Queensland Teachers Union president Kevin Bates said the timeline to return four grades to school by next Monday was tight and would be a “real pinch”.
 
“Not only will teachers have to prepare to return to face-to-face lessons, they’ll have to continue to teach remotely those year levels over the next four days, and teach (face-to-face) the children of essential workers,” Mr Bates said. “You’re asking people to do three jobs at once. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but the expectation is very significant and it’s certainly caused a great deal of angst from teachers and principals … we’ll do our best and we’ll see what next Monday brings.”
 
Mr Bates said the union had warned the government such a speedy timeline would be difficult. He said the union had been talking to the government about different models of returning to school for some time, but was briefed about the new May 11 date by Education Minister Grace Grace only on Sunday. “I can’t say it was a complete surprise but we’ve (told the government), please understand this will put huge pressure on schools to get four year levels back in just a few days,” Mr Bates said. “As late as Friday, (the Premier said) we’ll make a decision on the 15th of May.”
 

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April 2020 Updates

Monday 27th April
New App for smartphones

COVIDSafe.gov.au
Click to install on smartphone

Launched at 6pm on Sunday 26th April

Image on Phone
Extract The Australian 27 April

To set it up, ensure Bluetooth is switched on in your phone settings. Then

  1. Install the app.
  2. Open the app.
  3. Read its introduction, pressing "I want to help" or "Next" on each page.
  4. Enter your name, age bracket, postcode, and mobile phone number.
  5. Enter a six digit verification PIN number sent by the government to confirm your phone number. Wait for a confirmation reply. That's it. It's now fully working.
...

Earlier article in The Australian Tuesday 21st April
Here is everything we know so far about the COVID-19 tracing app.


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The Ruby Princess cruise ship off the coast of Sydney Wednesday 1st April. Picture: Adam Yip
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Thursday 23rd April
Ruby Princess leaves Australian waters

The coronavirus-riddled Ruby Princess cruise ship has been guided out of Port Kembla by tug boats, performing a water salute as it leaves Australian waters five weeks after it arrived in Sydney. The ship has been responsible for 21 deaths and at least 600 cases of COVID-19 across Australia.

A banner has been tied to the back of the Carnival cruise liner thanking the people of the Illawarra region who donated supplies to 500 crew members stuck on board. Marine Traffic data indicates the Ruby Princess is heading for Manila in the Philippines.

Over 300 crew members disembarked from the ship on Thursday to be taken to Sydney Airport where they are due to fly home to the Philippines this evening. ...

Background Story: Thursday 2nd April
A military-style operation is planned to helicopter doctors on to eight cruise ships stranded off the NSW coast to test more than 8000 people in a bid to end a standoff that police fear could overwhelm Sydney’s intensive care units. With the impasse between the owners of the cruise ships – who are refusing orders to leave Australian waters – and NSW police entering its third week police plan to call on military support to land doctors on each vessel to independently test up to 8615 people, most of whom are believed to be crew members.
 
NSW Police Commissioner Michael Fuller said the tests would determine the extent of COVID-19 outbreaks on each ship. He said decision-makers lacked an accurate picture of the spread of infections. It is understood ships would be forced to leave once those found to be infected had been extracted.
 
“It would be an extremely large operation,” Mr Fuller said on Wednesday. “It would involve the Department of Defence, we would need medical support. If we had to extract 250 or 350 patients that needed a high level of care, we would need to look at portable hospitals, portable triaging, and that’s before you even think about the logistics and security of moving 250 or 350 people.”
 
Saturday 4th April
The Spectrum of the Seas and the Radiance of the Seas departed for their home ports on Saturday afternoon after essential supplies were loaded on board. More than 600 crew members, who are foreign nationals, were moved between the two ships during the operation in Sydney Harbour.
The Spectrum of the Seas cruiseliner entered Sydney Harbour about 4.30pm on Friday and docked at Athol Bay to re-provision essential supplies, including fuel, food and medical materials. It was then joined by the Radiance of the Seas ship which entered Sydney Harbour after 5am on Saturday morning.
 
A third ship, the Celebrity Solstice, entered the harbour on Saturday afternoon with another two – Voyager of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas – expected to follow. Another 780 crew will be moved between the boats before all three depart. Superintendent Steve Hegarty described it as the “largest peace time maritime operation” undertaken in Sydney Harbour.
 
Local authorities liaised with the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and its subsidiary Celebrity Cruises to safely coordinate the provisioning and crew movements of their ships so they could head home.
 
Meanwhile, the notorious Ruby Princess cruise ship – Australia’s biggest single source of infection linked to seven deaths after 2700 passengers and crew were allowed to disembark in Sydney without COVID-19 testing – remains off the coast of NSW as a police investigation into the debacle gets underway. It has been revealed the NSW Port Authority initially denied the notorious cruise ship Ruby Princess permission to dock at Sydney’s Circular Quay but the decision was overturned after a series of “panicked” late night phone calls.
 
The Sunday Telegraph reports cruise ship staff who called for ambulances to meet the vessel warned paramedics needed to take precautions because two passengers had been swabbed for COVID-19 and were possibly infected. A health log obtained by the newspaper shows the Ruby Princess had at least 17 passengers on board with temperatures over 38C when it sought permission to dock at Sydney Harbour on March 18. Despite initially denying the ship entry, the NSW Port Authority then overturned its own decision. This was preceded by a phone call from a senior Carnival Australia official, who told the Ports Authority the two patients requiring an ambulance transfer needed to be taken to hospital for a cardiac issue and lower back pain – not for COVID-19 symptoms. The cruise liner then came into port about 2.30am on March 19, and passengers and crew were allowed to disembark.
 
More than 600 passengers onboard have since tested positive for COVID-19, including 351 NSW residents. NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller is investigating the handling of the saga, the transparency of the messaging from the ship, and whether crew members or officials with Carnival Australia, the vessel’s owner, downplayed the potential for COVID-19 to be circulating among passengers when it arrived in Sydney.
 
Monday 6th April
The Ruby Princess, has docked at Port Kembla, south of Sydney. At least 200 of the 1040 crew members currently on board the vessel are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, while 16 crew members are confirmed to have returned positive results. Two members of the crew were taken off the ship on Sunday and transferred to hospital.
 
NSW Police on Monday released a statement saying the ship could remain at the NSW port for up to 10 days. “The crew will not disembark unless in an emergency and approved by the NSW Police Commissioner,” it said. “She will also be refuelling and restocking provisions, as required for her home journey. The berthing will be conducted under strict health and biosecurity guidelines and will not pose a risk to employees at the port or the broader community.”
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Tuesday 21st April
New Data from New South Wales has revealed how long it has taken people to recover from coronavirus.
The state’s Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant revealed of the 2,969 total cases in NSW, 1,755 have so far recovered.

Chant said health authorities had been calling confirmed cases three weeks after their diagnosis to ask them about their symptoms and underlying health conditions. Of those who had recovered, half had been revealed to have recovered 16 days after the onset of the virus, she said. ...

Three-quarters of those who had tested positive had recovered in three weeks.
 
After six weeks, 95 per cent of those cases were found to have recovered.
 
“Unsurprisingly, older people were found to take longer than younger people to recover,” Chant said.
 
Chant added for those who had not yet recovered, health authorities would be checking in on them every two weeks to track their progress.
 
Nationally, more than 4,000 people have recovered from the virus.

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Thursday 2nd April

The Queensland Premier clarified rules about "inside the house" saying that Queensland households are allowed to have two visitors, as long as they are not strangers.

March 2020 Updates

Tuesday 31st March

Front Page of The Australian – JobKeeper subsidy

Register for JobKeeper here (note, you must have an ABN)

Go to JobKeeper (and JobSeeker) update announcement on 21st July.

Click image for full screen

Click here for further fine print from business.gov.au and examples of self-employed, employees with multiple jobs, businesses open less than 12 months, etc.

Basic Details on how it works

Sunday 29th March 2020

Friday 27th March The PM announced this afternoon that everyone arriving at an Australian international airport will be forced to quarantine in a hotel for two weeks as the government responds to the large number of cases related to returning travellers. Australian Defence Force personnel would assist in the compliance of the measures, which are set to come into effect from midnight on Saturday March 28.

At Sydney International Airport, the doors to the arrivals terminal on Sunday morning have been locked to any non-employee.

Chartered transfer buses waited for passengers outside the terminal and members of the Defence Force stood at the ready. Hundreds of people are expected to touch down and be escorted to quarantine by bus, however The Australian understands that only six people will be allowed on each transfer bus, with all passengers to enter through the back door.

NSW Police have warned friends and families of returning travellers not to come to the airport to greet them as they “will not be able to see them or physically communicate with them upon their arrival.
The travellers will be processed discreetly before being taken to their nominated hotels. They will then be able to get in touch with family and friends.
There are no areas in the Sydney International Airport in which family and friends will be able to see the returned travellers or make contact with them.”

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Qld schools will shift to student-free from next week, but children of essential workers will be able to remain in classrooms, while teachers prepare for online learning.

Wednesday 25th March PM Scott Morrison has effectively placed the country into near-total social shutdown, announcing sweeping new measures to battle the coronavirus pandemic.

From midnight on Wednesday March 25, existing restrictions will be extended to include:

States and territories will take control of decisions surrounding food markets, the prime minister said.

Hairdressers and barber shops will be allowed to continue, but social distancing must be strictly managed and time must be restricted to no more than 30 minutes, preferably less.

Shopping centres will remain open, but retail premises will be limited to businesses not included in the list of restrictions.

Monday 23rd March With the nation-wide shutdown announced on the weekend that started today at midday, places staying open are takeaway food places, banks, supermarkets, petrol stations, newsagents, pharmacies, and convenience stores, such as JB HiFi at Westfields, Garden City.
Queensland will be closed to visitors and holiday makers from midnight on Wednesday, with police stationed at airports and permits issued to workers needing to cross the border

For all inside gatherings, rule of thumb is 4 square metres per person e.g. if a room is 4 metres by 10 metres, it can hold theoretically hold ** 10 people.

** Update, from midnight Monday March 30, meeting with someone outside your household may only be one-on-one except for weddings(5) and funerals(10).
On Thursday 2nd April, the Queensland Premier clarified rules about "inside the house" saying that Queensland households are allowed to have two visitors, as long as they are not strangers.

Wednesday 18th March

Formation of the National Cabinet of Australia
A special nine-member intergovernmental decision-making forum was formed composed of the Premiers of each of the six states, the Chief Ministers of the ACT and Northern Territory, and the Prime Minister. It will meet many times weekly to coordinate the national response to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.

PM: Don’t travel abroad

Scott Morrison has given an unprecedented warning for all Australians not to travel abroad.

Indoor gatherings of more than 100 people have also been banned as Australia declares a biosecurity emergency.

Update, from midnight Monday March 30, meeting with someone outside your household may only be one-on-one.

Scott Morrison announced the measures on Wednesday morning and explained the move was the result of a recommendation from chief health officers around the country.

The Prime Minister also warned Australians not to travel anywhere overseas as the travel ban to citizens is raised to its highest level in history.

“This is a once in a hundred year type event.”

“We are going to keep Australia running. We are going to keep Australia functioning. It won’t look like it normally does.”

Mr Morrison also threw cold water on the idea of locking down Australian cities, saying “there is no short-term, quick fix to how this is dealt with in Australia”.

“The idea that you can just turn everything off for two weeks and then turn it all back on again and it all goes away. That is not the evidence, that is not the facts, that is not the information and it is not our way through this.”

“We are looking at a situation of at least six months for how we deal with this. It could be much longer than that. It could be shorter. That is unlikely, given the way we are seeing events unfold.”

Aged-care facility residents will not be allowed to receive more than one visit of up to two visitors in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus. Scott Morrison announced that certain exceptions could be made for end of life care patients.

“There should be no large group visits or gatherings. Including social activities or entertainment to be permitted at this time. No school groups of any size should be allowed to visit aged care facilities,” the Prime Minister said. “Children aged 16 years or less should be visiting only by exception.”

Extract Brisbane Times
Tony Moore, AAP
Sunday March 15, 2020 — 6.55pm

A 77-year-old woman from the Sunshine Coast has died after contracting the coronavirus, Queensland's health authorities have confirmed. She was Australia's fourth coronavirus-related death and the first Queenslander to die after catching the virus.

The Sunshine Coast woman became unwell on a flight to Sydney on Friday and was taken to hospital, but died when she could not be resuscitated. The woman, from Noosaville, had spent the two previous weeks on the Sunshine Coast with her daughter who was visiting from San Francisco, Queensland authorities confirmed on Sunday night.

The federal government on Sunday introduced strict travel restrictions requiring all arrivals to Australia from Monday onwards to self-isolate for 14 days. Cruise ships would be banned from docking at any Australian port for 30 days and non-essential events attracting more than 500 people would be banned, Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed.

The new travel restrictions were expected to spark a flood of international flight cancellations, leaving the nation's two key airlines, Qantas and Virgin, reeling.


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World Timeline of COVID-19

Early Official reports in December-January 2020 click here for further details

Worldwide Statistics since March 2020

Countries with highest cases
Click Country heading for graphs, click US to also see cities that are "hotspots"

Totals (Figures in thousands)World
Total / Active
USA
Total / Active
India
Total / Active
Brazil
Total / Active
Russia
Total / Active
UK
Total / Active
Other Countries
with High Totals

14th May 2021 Snapshot

World: 162 million   Europe (including Russia and Ukraine): 46 million   Asia (including Middle East): 46 million   North (and Central) America: 39 million   South America: 26½ million   Africa: 4½ million   Australia and Oceania (units): 65891 (Australia 29957 Tahiti 18815, PNG 13707, NZ 2645, WallisFutuna 445, Others 322)

14/05/2021 162527 / 17703 33664 / 6351 24372 / 3679 15521 / 1060 4922 / 270 4446 / 45  

1st May 2021 Snapshot

World: 152 million   Europe (including Russia and Ukraine): 45 million   Asia (including Middle East): 40 million   North (and Central) America: 38 million   South America: 25 million   Africa: 4 million   Australia and Oceania (units): 63021 (Australia 29812, Tahiti 18758, PNG 11119, NZ 2613, WallisFutuna 444, Others 275)

01/05/2021
France-5642
Turkey-4849
Italy-4035
Spain-3524
Germany-3412
Argentina-2994
Colombia-2877
152794 / 18862 33146 / 6777 19549 / 3352 14726 / 1076 4814 / 267 4418 / 72 01/05/2021
Poland-2798
Iran-2516
Mexico-2344
Ukraine-2078
Peru-1805
Indonesia-1673
Czechia-1633

1st April 2021 Snapshot

World: 130 million   Europe (including Russia and Ukraine): 40 million   North (and Central) America: 36 million   Asia (including Middle East): 28½ million   South America: 21 million   Africa: 4 million   Australia and Oceania (units): 57192 (Australia 29319, Tahiti 18633, PNG 6112, NZ 2501, WallisFutuna 409, Others 218)

01/04/2021
France-4695
Italy-3607
Turkey-3358
Spain-3291
Germany-2854
Colombia-2417
Argentina-2363
130164 / 22438 31244 / 6923 12302 / 615 12842 / 1278 4554 / 278 4350 / 363 01/04/2021
Poland-2357
Mexico-2239
Iran-1897
Ukraine-1692
Peru-1562
SouthAfrica-1549
Czechia-1540

1st March 2021 Snapshot

World: 115 million   Europe (including Russia and Ukraine): 34 million   North (and Central) America: 33½ million   Asia (including Middle East): 25 million   South America: 18 million   Africa: 4 million   Australia and Oceania: 51 thousand (Australia 29 thousand, Tahiti 18 thousand, NZ 2 thousand, PNG 1275, Fiji 59, New Caledonia 58, Others 36)

01/03/2021
France-3760
Spain-3204
Italy-2938
Turkey-2711
Germany-2455
Colombia-2255
Argentina-2112
114986 / 21741 29314 / 8969 11123 / 169 10589 / 876 4257 / 348 4182 / 1099 01/03/2021
Mexico-2087
Poland-1711
Iran-1639
SouthAfrica-1514
Ukraine-1352
Indonesia-1341
Peru-1333

1st February 2021 Snapshot

World: 104 million   Europe (including Russia and Ukraine): 30½ million   North (and Central) America: 30¾ million   Asia (including Middle East): 23 million   South America: 16 million   Africa: 3½ million   Australia and Oceania: 50 thousand (Australia 29 thousand, Tahiti 18 thousand, NZ 2 thousand, PNG 867, Fiji 55, Others 77)

01/02/2021
France-3201
Spain-2852
Italy-2560
Turkey-2485
Germany-2232
Colombia-2104
Argentina-1933
103921 / 25957 26911 / 9827 10767 / 165 9230 / 926 3868 / 476 3835 / 1961 01/02/2021
Mexico-1864
Poland-1515
SouthAfrica-1456
Iran-1424
Ukraine-1221
Peru-1142
Indonesia-1089

1st January 2021 Snapshot

World: 84 million   Europe (including Russia and Ukraine): 24 million   North (and Central) America: 23½ million   Asia (including Middle East): 20¾ million   South America: 13 million   Africa: 3 million   Australia and Oceania: 48 thousand (Australia 28 thousand, Tahiti 17 thousand, NZ 2 thousand, PNG 780, Fiji 50, Others 65)

01/01/2021
France-2639
Turkey-2220
Italy-2129
Spain-1936
Germany-1762
Colombia-1654
Argentina-1629
84362 / 22902 20617 / 8085 10303 / 252 7700 / 748 3186 / 548 2542 / 1240 01/01/2021
Mexico-1437
Poland-1305
Iran-1231
SouthAfrica-1073
Ukraine-1064
Peru-1017
Netherlands-805

1st December 2020 Snapshot

World: 64 million   Europe (and Russia): 17 million   North (and Central) America: 16 million   Asia: 16 million   South America: 11 million   Africa: 2 million   Australia and Oceania: 45 thousand (Australia 28 thousand, Tahiti 14 thousand, NZ 2 thousand, PNG 600, Fiji 42, Others 60)

01/12/2020
France-2230
Spain-1673
Italy-1620
Argentina-1432
Colombia-1324
Mexico-1113
Germany-1085
64179 / 18262 14108 / 5498 9499 / 429 6388 / 558 2322 / 478 1643 / 1015 01/12/2020
Poland-1000
Iran-975
Peru-965
SouthAfrica-792
Ukraine-745
Turkey-668
Belgium-577

1st November 2020 Summary cde.news

World: 46 million.   Europe’s new COVID-19 cases have doubled in five weeks, propelling the region on Sunday across the bleak milestone of 10 million total infections, according to a Reuters tally.

Last month both Latin America and Asia also reported over 10 million total cases in their regions. The United States has over 9 million cases with a rapidly accelerating outbreak.

While Europe took almost nine months to record its first 5 million COVID-19 cases, the next 5 million cases were reported in slightly over a month, according to Reuters.

Amid the surging cases, France, Germany and the United Kingdom have announced nationwide lockdowns for at least the next month that are almost as strict as the restrictions in March and April. Portugal has imposed a partial lockdown and Spain and Italy are tightening restrictions.

According to Reuters, Europe has reported over 1.6 million new cases in the past seven days, nearly half the 3.3 million reported worldwide, and over 16,100 deaths, a 44% jump over the previous week.

Within the region, Eastern Europe has nearly one-third of the total reported COVID-19 cases, the highest number of cases, while Southern Europe leads the death toll with about 32% of the total coronavirus-related deaths in Europe, according to Reuters. Russia is the worst-affected Eastern European country with over 1.6 million COVID-19 infections. The nation’s Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova said on Wednesday that hospital beds were at 90% of capacity in 16 regions of the country.

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Colombia-1083
Mexico-924
Peru-904
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01/10/2020
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SouthAfrica-676
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Iraq-367
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Colombia-624
Mexico-599
Spain-470
Argentina-428
Chile-413
25892 / 6845 6257 / 2571 3766 / 800 3952 / 671 1000 / 167 337 / 45 01/09/2020
Iran-376
S.Arabia-316
B.Desh-314
Pakistan-296
France-286
Turkey-271
Italy-270
01/08/2020
SouthAfrica-503
Mexico-424
Peru-414
Chile-357
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Iran-306
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France-188
01/07/2020
Spain-297
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Chile-282
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Iran-230
Mexico-226
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01/06/2020
Spain-286
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Turkey-165
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Germany-164
France-130
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Iran-95
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Mexico-19
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01/04/2020
Italy-128
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China-81
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941 / 698 221 / 205 2 / 2 6 / 6 2 / 2 26 / 23 01/04/2020
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Iran-47
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01/03/2020
China-80
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Further updates below for China,   Germany,   India,   NZ,   Russia,   UK,   US

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Early news in March 2020 in US and China

USA March 23:

 

 
China March 28

Updated September
While most business operations are back to normal, many micro-control policies are in place. Some tourist and entertainment facilities have suspended their operation. Other office buildings, scenic spots, hotels, shopping malls, subways, public transports conduct measures to check body temperature and color code of passengers and require them to wear a mask.

Cinemas are allowed to reopen but with strict control measures.

 

UK March 23:

Update April 15:
Officially, the British strategy is "Stay Home, Protect the National Health Service, Save Lives". Such has been the success of the shutdown, politicians are having to reassure people that it’s OK to go to hospital even for non-coronavirus care. Health Secretary Matt Hancock says there are more than 2000 spare critical care beds across the nation. Chief Scientist Patrick Vallance says the curve has been flattened. The past three weeks have bought time for the government to secure more ventilators, build makeshift hospitals and provide reassurance to people that if they get the virus, they will get help.

But this is a virus in which the most extreme degrees of hospital care don’t offer much. People are not dying for want of medical attention; instead it is underlying health conditions and the state of immune systems that determine results. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the NHS saved his life; being put on an oxygen mask helped him breathe. If he’d needed a ventilator, his odds of survival would have plummeted to 50 per cent. Scientists are still trying to work out if recovering in the comfort of home and not being subject to potential viral load of the disease from others is better than going to a hospital.

Monday May 11
People will be actively encouraged to return to work from this week if they cannot work from home. Unlimited outdoor exercise will be allowed from Wednesday May 13. People can socialise in open spaces or play one-on-one sport such as tennis, as long as participants stay two metres apart. Sunbathing and outdoor picnics are allowed in local parks, but just with members of a household. From June 1 (at the earliest) nurseries and primary schools may reopen, and some non-essential shops. Children returning to schools will be taught in “protective bubbles” of no more than 15. By July, at least some of the hospitality industry and other public places could be reopened.

Scotland and Wales however remain in lockdown.

Update Tuesday 23rd June
From Saturday July 4, the following will be allowed in England with Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland set to adopt similar measures
In Northern Ireland, pubs, bars, hotels and cafes are reopening on Friday (July 3) while, in Scotland, hospitality venues with outdoor space will open their doors on Monday July 6. However, pubs which only serve alcohol will now not reopen until September, after that date was pushed back from 10 August.
On Friday (10th July) Wales announced that Hospitality businesses will be able to open outdoors from Monday (July 13), with pubs and restaurants to reopen indoors from August 3, providing coronavirus cases continue to fall.

From midnight on Monday 4th January people in England must stay at home and only go out for essential reasons. Primary and secondary schools have moved to online learning for all pupils apart from vulnerable and keyworker children. Click here for further details about these restrictions and their easing, and also links to latest restrictions and easing in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland which are similar. Reasons to leave home include:

Those who are clinically extremely vulnerable are advised to limit the time they spend outside their home. They should only go out for medical appointments, for exercise, or if it is otherwise essential, the government says, and not for work or education purposes.

England's lockdown easing
Step 1, part 1 which took effect on 8 March

Step 1, part 2 which took effect on 29 March

Step 2 – 12 April

Ireland

In Ireland, from Monday May 11, groups of four to six people who do not share a household may meet outdoors while maintaining social distancing. Places of worship are being opened for private prayer, also “drive-through church services”. The education minister has said he doesn’t envisage a phased return of schools until September.

On Friday 19th June, the government announced that gatherings of up to 50 people indoors & 200 people outdoors would be allowed from June 29.

On July 20 pubs and casinos were due to reopen, with gatherings permitted of up to 100 people indoors and 500 outdoors. However Prime Minister Micheál Martin announced Wednesday 15th July that current restrictions will remain in place until August 10. On Tuesday 4th August, it was agreed to defer it yet again, to be reviewed in three weeks time.

In Ireland at present, Level 5 restrictions apply to all counties until 31 January 2021. Stay at home, except:

Work from home, unless your work is an essential service that cannot be done from home. You should not visit other households except for essential purposes.

 
Germany March 23:

Update May 4:

Schools, churches and playgrounds can now gradually reopen, with schools giving priority to students taking exams. Large, mass gatherings will remain banned until August 31, however, and restaurants, cinemas and large retail stores remain closed for now.

Eating in restaurants however is possible in the north-eastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, where the country’s first cafes and restaurants reopened on Saturday. Under Germany’s federal system, each of the 16 states makes its own decisions on how to emerge from lockdown and cafes and restaurants will reopen in a number of other states in the coming days and weeks. Most shops are open and children are slowly returning to classrooms. Bundesliga football matches are also set to resume. Heeding signs of a second wave, German authorities have agreed to reimpose restrictions locally if an area has more than 50 new infections per 100,000 residents over a week.

The use of face masks in public transport and in shops continues to be mandated.

 
Sweden
Status as at August 25

 
Russia:

 
New Zealand 23rd March:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that New Zealand is moving in 48 hours (on Wednesday) to almost complete shutdown.
From Level 3 (its current level) to Level 4 (its highest level of restrictions).

Update 11th May:
Extract from Forbes.com

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Monday 11th May that following the end of a strict two-week lockdown at alert level 3 – which in turned followed a strict lockdown of four and a half weeks at alert level 4 – New Zealand would make the move to alert level 2 starting at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13. Cabinet members will then be reviewing the number of cases and any progress that’s been made before making additional announcements on Monday, May 25.

“We are ready to move into level 2, to open up the economy, but to do it as safely as possible,” Ardern said during the press conference, describing how retail shops, malls, restaurants, movie theaters, cafés, gyms, playgrounds, museums, libraries, markets and other public spaces would reopen Thursday. “All will be required to have physical distancing and strict hygiene measures in place.”

School will be back in session starting Monday, May 18, while on Thursday, May 21, bars will reopen, implementing newly established health and safety requirements: there must be seating and plenty of space between tables and multiple waitstaff must not serve food to just one table.

While gatherings of more than 10 people are not allowed to happen yet – including reservations for large groups at bars and restaurants – seating and spacing measures will be in place at theaters, eateries, cinemas and sporting events to ensure guests are seated far enough apart. “We have done what we can to prioritize opening up businesses but just alter the way that we work within them for the next wee while,” Ardern said.

Update June 8:

On Monday June 8 Jacinda Ardern announced that New Zealand had no active cases and would lift all coronavirus restrictions with the exception of border closures.

NZ Border Restrictions
You can come here without needing special permission if you are:

NZ Latest Status
New Zealand is currently at its lowest level "Alert Level 1"

  1. Stay home if you're sick. If you're feeling unwell, isolate wherever you are and call Healthline about a free COVID-19 test.
  2. Use the NZ COVID Tracer App
  3. We encourage you to wear face coverings on public transport and when you cannot maintain physical distance in crowded indoor places, like in supermarkets.

 
India March 24:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ordered the country’s entire 1.3 billion people into “total lockdown” for 21 days, sparking panic buying with shoppers clearing out shelves. This lockdown was subsequently extended to May 3, and again to May 17 by the Home Ministry. It followed a raft of lockdown measures that had already been brought in by individual states and territories. “From 12 midnight today (4.30am AEST Wednesday morning) the entire country will be in lockdown, total lockdown,” Mr Modi said in a national television address to the world’s second most-populous nation.

Indian Railways – one of the world’s biggest networks carrying more than 20 million passengers daily – has cancelled all services except suburban and goods trains. E-commerce giant Amazon, which has a big presence in India, said in a statement on its website that it would only sell “high priority” products to customers.

Following his speech, Modi tweeted: “THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO NEED TO PANIC.” “Essential commodities, medicines etc. would be available. Centre and various state governments will work in close co-ordination to ensure this,” he added. People working in essential services such as hospitals, police and media were exempted from the stay-at-home order, authorities added. A maximum of 20 people would be allowed to attend a funeral.

India has lagged behind other nations in the number of COVID-19 cases confirmed, but there has been a sharp increase in recent days to 519 infections, including 10 deaths, according to the government.

Update 17th May:
Extract from TheHindu.com

Currently, all educational institutions, hotels, movie theatres, malls, gyms, swimming pools, and bars remain shut. Religious and social gatherings are banned. In areas known as Containment Zones where almost everything is shut, movement of people is only allowed for supply of essential goods and services.

India extended the coronavirus lockdown for two more weeks with the fourth phase providing more relaxations outside the containment zones including inter-state movement of buses with mutual consent of states that is expected to be of immediate relief for thousands of migrant workers on the roads. Following a demand made by chief ministers of several states and union territories, depending upon COVID-19 case load, the states were allowed to demarcate their Zones as Red (most restrictive – Taxis not permitted and E-commerce permitted only for essential services), Green (less restrictive – Unrestricted E-commerce permitted, also Taxis, but not buses) and Orange (least restrictive – buses permitted at 50% capacity).

Easing more curbs to step up economic activity, the new guidelines for lockdown 4.0 unveiled by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) till May 31 allowed shops and markets including barber shops, salons and spas (except those in malls) to open with staggered timings. E-commerce companies were also permitted to deliver all goods, including those considered non-essential.

However, the night curfew will remain which meant that all non-essential travel will remain prohibited between 7 pm and 7 am and authorities will ensure strict compliance, the MHA said.

Update 1st June

Domestic flights resumed on Monday May 25 and restrictions were lifted in big cities on Monday June 1. Schools remain closed.

 
Israel Sunday September 13:

Israel is to impose a new national lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus - with tough restrictions coming into effect on Jewish new year. The country's second lockdown begins on Friday September 18 and lasts at least three weeks.

A minister has resigned to protest against the restrictions that overlap with important Jewish festivals. Housing Minister Yaakov Litzman, who leads an ultra-Orthodox Jewish party, said the measures would prevent Jewish people from celebrating their religious festivals, including Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, on 27 September. He also threatened to pull his party out of the governing coalition.

Israel, which has a population of about nine million, has reported more than 3,000 new cases a day in recent weeks. In a televised address on Sunday, the prime minister said this had grown to 4,000 daily. The measures he announced will be the most extensive imposed in Israel since the first lockdown, which ran from late March until early May, and include:

Mr Netanyahu acknowledged the disruption the lockdown would cause to Jewish communities celebrating religious holidays that normally see families come together. "This is not the kind of holiday we are used to. And we certainly won't be able to celebrate with our extended families," he said. The restrictions on indoor gatherings will severely impact prayers in synagogues.

Many nations are experiencing second surges of the virus. However most governments are now imposing smaller local lockdowns in affected areas, rather than blanket national ones. Mr. Netanyahu initially had backed a proposal to target coronavirus hot spots, but shifted to a full nationwide lockdown after facing pushback from ultra-Orthodox mayors, who said their offices would refuse to comply with authorities.

Overseas Reopenings

Overseas Reopenings Announcement Monday 11th May

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Here’s a handy overview of how European countries (plus Asia) are emerging from lockdown, courtesy of AFP via theguardian.com. Countries are listed alphabetically.

Austria:

Hairdressers, tennis courts and golf courses reopened in the first weekend in May. Travel restrictions have been lifted and gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed, with social distancing. Masks are compulsory in public transport and shops. Final-year school students returned to class on May 4 ahead of a gradual return for others.

Updated 1st September




Belgium:

Most businesses will open Monday May 11, with social distancing. Masks are recommended. Cafes, restaurants and bars remain closed. In central Brussels there will be speed limits on cars and priority will be given to cyclists and pedestrians. Schools remain closed until May 18.

From the 1st of September and for a period of one month:




Croatia:

Outdoor spaces at bars and restaurants reopen Monday May 11 and gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed. Kindergartens and schools will resume on a voluntary basis.

Update September
We remind you that the best defense against this virus is to maintain personal hygiene, sanitize, and keep a social distance.


Denmark:

Shopping centres reopen in Denmark on Monday May 11. Primary schools opened in mid-April and secondary schools will open on May 18.

Update September



Finland:

Schools will start up again on May 14, with social distancing measures.

Updated September



France:

Ban on gatherings of more than 10 people in a public space across all French territory.

May 11
Hair salons, clothes shops, florists and bookshops will open again on Monday. Bars, restaurants, theatres and cinemas remain closed. Primary schools will take small numbers of pupils, depending on space. Masks will be obligatory on public transport. Everyone will be able to move outside without having to present a form on demand but people will only be able to go 100 kilometres from their place of residence.

June 2
Restaurants and museums allowed to re-open across most of France, although ban on indoor seating in restaurants is maintained in the Paris region. A declaration is no longer required for travel exceeding 100km.

Late August
Wearing a face mask in public has become mandatory across Paris and several surrounding areas.


Greece:

Following bookshops and hairdressers reopening on May 4, all other shops will resume trading on Monday May 11. Shopping centres remain closed until June 1. The Acropolis and all archeological sites will reopen May 18. Museums reopen on June 15.

Update September
The Greek government asks that



Iceland:

Universities, museums and hair salons reopened on May 4.

Iran:

May 11
Iran will reopen all mosques today, despite a rise in confirmed infections in some parts of the country.
The resumption of Friday prayers - still banned in the capital Tehran and some other major cities - followed the reopening last Monday of 132 mosques in areas consistently free of the virus.
Schools will reopen next week, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, according to the official presidency website.
Iran has already lifted a ban on intercity trips and malls, with large shopping centres resuming activities. The lockdown continued to be eased in May; all civil servants were allowed to return to work, mosques and schools were reopened, restrictions on restaurants were eased, shopping malls allowed to extend opening hours. At the border with Turkey which had been closed in February, a limited number of trucks were allowed to move between the two countries on May 7, and the border was reopened on June 4. Update August President Rouhani has told Iranians they must wear face masks on public transport and in crowded areas, and said where necessary, the police and security forces will enforce the rules. With the holy month of Muharram starting on 20 August, the health ministry has prohibited any gatherings indoors.

Italy:

May 11
While schools remain closed until September, factories, building sites and offices reopened on May 4. Social distancing rules are in place in parks. Wearing masks is mandatory on public transport.
Mourners were able to attend funerals, but services were limited to 15 people and there was still no word on when Masses will resume. Restaurants scrubbed their floors in preparation for take-out service, but sit-down service was several weeks away.
All retail businesses will reopen on May 18, as will museums, cultural sites, churches and libraries. Bars and restaurants will reopen from June 1, along with hair and beauty salons.

On Monday, August 10, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte extended the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions until September 7. These include the requirement of all individuals to wear face masks on public transport and in public spaces, including in shops, public offices, hospitals and clinics, as well as workplaces where maintaining a social distance of at least 1m (3ft) apart from each other is not possible.

Japan:

May 25
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Monday that the state of emergency declared over the novel coronavirus crisis is over in Japan, ending curbs on economic activity in Tokyo and four other prefectures as experts judged the spread of infections is now under control.

In the first phase, which will likely begin Tuesday, museums and libraries will open while restaurants and eateries will be allowed to stay open until 10 p.m., later than 8 p.m. as permitted under the emergency declaration.

The second phase may begin by the end of the month, metropolitan government sources said, enabling more facilities such as movie theaters and shops selling products other than daily necessities to reopen. However, karaoke parlors, live music venues and gyms -- places where the risk of group transmission is high -- will be asked to remain closed.

People will be asked to refrain from crossing prefectural borders for the rest of the month and the request will be relaxed in stages until it ends on June 19.

The government is calling for Japanese people to adopt a new lifestyle, which involves wearing face masks, maintaining social distancing and working from home.

The Netherlands:

Primary schools will partially reopen Monday May 11. Driving schools, hair salons, physiotherapists and libraries also return, with social distancing measures.

Updated September
Stay 1.5 metres away from others and continue to follow the basic rules, especially at home and at private gatherings. The number of visitors that people can receive at home is limited to 6, not counting children under 13. 

Norway:

Schools opened for pupils aged 6-10 at the end of April, and all classes will start again Monday May 11. Bars and leisure centres remain closed until June 1.

Updated September

Poland:

Hotels can reopen on Monday May 11 but foreign tourists must quarantine for two weeks on arrival.

Updated September
You must wear a mask at all times in enclosed spaces, on public transport, in taxis or in an open space where you are unable to maintain a 1.5 metre distance. Police and sanitary inspectors are entitled to issue you with an on-the-spot fine (approximately $AU180) if you are found not to be wearing a mask when you should.


Serbia:

Nursery schools will welcome children from Monday May 11.

South Korea:


The Seoul city government on Saturday May 9 effectively suspended business at clubs and bars in the city after recent infections.

On May 20, schools began to reopen in the city of Incheon, but immediately sent all students home after two students tested positive for coronavirus. On May 28, the Korean CDC reported 79 new cases (all but 10 at a distribution center in Bucheon), and this led to hundreds of schools closing and 838 other schools cancelling plans to reopen and instead continuing with remote learning. 


Spain:

May 11
Half of Spain’s 47 million people will be able to meet with family or friends in gatherings of up to 10 as of Monday. Outdoor spaces at bars and restaurants can reopen with limited capacity. Hardest-hit Madrid and Barcelona are excluded from the easing, though football clubs FC Barcelona resumed training on Friday and Real Madrid will follow Monday. Only movements within provinces are authorised and cinemas and theatres remain closed. Schools will not start up again until September.

Updated September
The use of masks is compulsory on public transport, closed areas and public spaces throughout Spain. Children under 6 years of age and individuals with health/respiratory problems that may be aggravated by the mask are exempted. Social distancing measures and other safety precautions must be observed at all times.
Other restrictions include



Switzerland:

Primary and middle schools will reopen Monday May 11, with classes often reduced in size. Restaurants, museums and bookshops will also open, with conditions. Meetings of more than five people remain banned.

Updated September

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