COVID-19 PM UPDATE: Elective Surgery Paused & National COVID Coordination Commission Announced • Glam Adelaide

COVID-19 PM UPDATE: Elective Surgery Paused & National COVID Coordination Commission Announced

This morning’s press conference saw the Prime Minister announce the National COVID-19 Commission, and confirm elective surgery will be paused to conserve resources.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison addressed the nation this morning to provide a further update on the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Prime Minister acknowledged that the difficult changes made have meant businesses have had to close their doors, and people have lost their jobs. He went on to say that these decisions have not been made lightly.

This is a time of significant change, said the Prime Minister, stating again that the Government wants to ensure people can adapt to these changes as they are long-term. He stressed that the Government is conscious of the great cost of the measures put in place and the focus remains is on saving lives, saving livelihoods, and recovering.

The National Cabinet is meeting again this evening to discuss further matters. According to the Prime Minister, this meeting is to discuss things that are already in motion, so it is unlikely there will be another press conference tonight.

Key Points

National COVID Coordination Commission Announced

The Prime Minister has announced the National COVID Coordination Commission. Headed by Neville Power, head of the Fortescue group, the commission has been put in place to “solve problems” in both the private and public sectors.

A board will be appointed to support Power, including Greg Combay, Jane Holton, Paul Little (who used to head up TOLL), Kathryn Tanner (head of Energy Australia), and David Tholey (Chair of CSIRO, former head of Telstra), Phil Gaetjens (the secretary of Prime Minister and Cabinet), and
Mike Pezzullo (the secretary of the Home Affairs Department).

More details to come.

Elective Surgery Paused

The National Cabinet has confirmed most elective surgery should be paused, to allow for preservation of resources.

More details to come.

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