COVID-19 Premier's Update: Payment Support, Border Control, Flu Vaccine & School Update • Glam Adelaide

COVID-19 Premier’s Update: Payment Support, Border Control, Flu Vaccine & School Update

Speaking at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australian Premier, Steven Marshall spoke on the latest coronavirus updates.

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Speaking at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australian Premier, Steven Marshall spoke on the latest coronavirus updates.

Following border closures, the Premier confirmed that tomorrow at 4pm, 12 border stations will be installed, alongside groups at airports and train stations.

Despite the fact that there may be spikes in the coming weeks, he reiterated that if you are arriving from interstate, you must commit to two weeks of self isolation, whether you are family or other, you are not exempt.

He also confirmed that South Australians who have departed and are returning to SA are not exempt from this two week rule.

“We have got to be very strict on this, by being strict we will save lives,” he says.

Noting the AHPPC’s advice on new restrictions that all states and territories have now placed, Mr Marshall says that there will be some geographically placed restrictions implemented but as is, they are for remote indigenous communities and derived from the Commonwealth Biosecurity Act.

Covering the state of payment support, he says that the scenes in South Australia are shocking.

“We’ve seen tens of thousands of Australians lose their jobs through no fault of their own,” he says.

The Federal Government’s package will take many days to process considering the massive volume of people in front of Centrelink offices.

The Government will continue to keep a close eye on the economic devastation that has occurred, with more stimulus packages expected to be released in the coming months.

“People can immediately get payment support. No restrictions in terms of assets and waiting time. Having seen that, we’ve seen the waiting lines and we’re working as fast as we can to bring it down, but it will take some time,” he says.

The Health Minister also spoke on the flu vaccine and progress in that front, noting that distribution begins now.

A program has been introduced for homeless people to have access to the flu vaccine.

He states that it is important to take every opportunity in taking care of health issues that may arise so that pressure on medical facilities are alleviated.

To also be implemented moving forward, people coming from interstate with respiratory concerns will now be tested, this was only in practice for international arrivals previously.

Talking on the topic of schools, Mr Marshall states that the position has not changed and that the government is following the advice of the AHPPC, who would prefer children to go to school.

“The AHPPC advice is unequivocal, if you release that many children, it is going to accelerate the spread of the virus,” he says, emphasising that the decision is not for political or ideological advice but from the AHPPC.

He also confirmed that the shortages on hygiene products in schools will be rectified today.

More to come.

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