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Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

2020-05-23 18:09:47


* Australia has recorded 7095 cases, with active cases rising slightly to 515. SA, ACT and NT have no active cases.

* The national death toll is 101 – NSW 50, Victoria 18, Tasmania 13, WA 9, Queensland 6, SA 4, ACT 3. (Two QLD residents who died in NSW have been included in both state’s counts).

* More than six million of an estimated 16 million people with smartphones have registered for the federal government’s COVIDSafe tracing app since April 26.


* The federal government has announced a three-phase plan to ease coronavirus restrictions in the coming months, with the states and territories to determine their own timings.

* Social distancing and hygiene measures retained indefinitely.


* Up to 50 people will be able to dine in restaurants, pubs and cafes from June 1, up from a maximum 10 now.

* Outdoor gatherings in NSW allowed for a maximum of 10 people, while social distancing.

* NSW public school students resume full-time classes on May 25.

* Sydney buses can carry 12 people, train carriages can have 32 commuters and a Manly ferry can transport 245 people.

* Regional travel within NSW permitted from June 1, when museums, galleries and libraries can reopen.

* NSW is considering allowing international students back into the state, potentially through the hotel quarantine system in place for Australians returning home.


* Victorians may have up to five visitors in their homes.

* Gathering limits relaxed to 10 for outdoor activities including fishing, hiking and golf. 

* A maximum of 10 guests allowed at weddings, 20 at indoor funerals and 30 for outdoor services. 

* From June 1, 20 people allowed inside restaurants, cafes and pubs, increasing to 50 diners from June 22 and 100 in the second half of July.

* Children in Prep to Year 2 and Years 11 and 12 return to classrooms on May 26 with the remaining cohort back from June 9.

* Year 11 and 12 students will now sit exams from November 9 to December 2 and get their results by year-end.


* Shopping for non-essential items permitted and up to five members of one household can visit other homes. 

* Up to 10 people allowed to congregate in parks, pools and playgrounds. 

* Queenslanders can also travel up to 250km from their homes.

* Queensland public school students resume full-time classes on May 25 with no commuter caps on public transport come Monday.

* Queensland could reopen borders to NSW and Victoria by September.


* Dining and alcohol-consumption at cafes and restaurants now allowed to have 10 customers indoors and 10 outdoors.

* Stage two easing of restrictions will begin on June 5 allowing more customers to be served and cinemas to reopen.

* Students are already back in school full time.


* WA has entered phase two of its recovery plan, allowing greater regional travel and encouraging people back to work while cafes, pubs and restaurants may seat up to 20 patrons. 

* Further easing of restrictions expected on June 8.

* Students are already back in school full time.

* State borders remain closed.


* Restaurants and cafes allowed to seat up to 10 people with the same number allowed to gather for real estate purposes, religious gatherings and weddings. 

* Schools are reopening from May 25


* The NT has relaxed restrictions on parks, golf, fishing and swimming. 

* Restaurants and bars can reopen with a two-hour limit, with entertainment venues to come. 

* Restricted access to indigenous communities remains in place until at least June 18.

* Students already back in school full time.


* Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people allowed. Restrictions on sport and recreation eased.

* The ACT has staggered the return of school students grades up to June 2.


* Supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, public transport, some schools, hairdressers, petrol stations, postal and freight services, bottle shops, newsagents, retail shops. Restaurants and cafes opened in most states.


* Victoria has recorded five more infections related to an outbreak at Cedar Meats bringing the  total abattoir-linked cases to 111. 

* Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has backed Pauline Hanson’s legal challenge against Queensland’s border closures.

* Queensland billionaire Clive Palmer has had an application to enter WA knocked back and is planning a High Court challenge to the border closure.


* Australia has maintained its AAA credit rating from rating agency Fitch, but its economic outlook has been downgraded to “negative” due to the coronavirus.

* A reporting error has meant only 3.5 million employees, instead of 6.5 million, will likely be covered by the federal government’s JobKeeper program, with cost estimates almost halved from $130 billion to $70 billion.

* Local councils will share $1.8 billion in federal funding for road upgrades and community projects to help struggling communities.

* NSW taxis will receive $12.6 million in subsidies amid a collapse in trips.

* Wesfarmers has announced the closure or conversion of about 167 Target outlets.


* The NRL has released its 16 round draw for the competition resuming on May 28.

* The AFL will resume competition on June 11.

* Three Queensland Red rugby players have terminated their Rugby Australia contracts after refusing pay cuts.


* Cases: at least 5,198,594

* Deaths: at least 334,694

* Recovered: at least 2,083,392

Data current as of 1730 AEST May 22, taking in federal government and state/territory government updates and Johns Hopkins virus tracker.