Following this morning’s National Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Scott Morrison discussed the briefing on unemployment rates, and the commitment to a new mental health care program.
The Prime Minister says that this is an opportunity for the National Cabinet, the State and Territory leaders on reaffirming their commitment to getting Australians back to work.
He also said that with the restrictions on international travel, there is a large market of Australian’s who would have otherwise travelled internationally that is up for grabs for the Australian tourism industry.
Mr Morrison raised the mental health response and thanked the Indigenous community leaders, and aged care centres for their leadership in keeping communities safe.
Mental health and wellbeing pandemic response plan
The Prime Minister announced the Government’s commitment of $48.1 million to a mental health and wellbeing pandemic response plan.
This plan will support the collation of real time data around mental health, research on outreach or vulnerable communities such as the elderly, non-english groups, and Indigenous communities.
There will also be a focus on communication and outreach with a national campaign in the works.
Professor Brendan Murphy provided an update on the current COVID-19 statistics.
With a total of 7017 cases across the country, and an increase of 20 new cases daily, he says that there is still a small number of community traced virus.
He also touched on the new inflammatory condition found in children that has been related to COVID-19, stating that it is unlikely to be seen in Australia with our low infection rate in children.
He also confirmed that returning travellers will not have their quarantine period alleviated.
There are currently only 50 COVID-19 related patients in hospital, 12 on ventilators.
More to come.