Coronavirus Australia20 April 2020 by News Desk
Coronavirus in Australia continues to fade, with only 26 new cases reported around the country in the past 24 hours.
The low figure was a strong sign Australia was fighting coronavirus successfully, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth said
In NSW just six new coronavirus cases were recorded from around 3500 tests conducted on Sunday. Victoria reported only one new case while Queensland and Western Australian recorded no new cases. Tasmania reported six new cases.
When the Australian government cabinet meets on Tuesday it is due to discuss a range of measures to ease restrictions as well as possible resumption of elective surgeries.
The government continues to urge Australians to download a new app to trace cases of the virus.
The current shutdown could cost the country around 2 million jobs. According to a report by the Grattan Institute, 60% of jobs will be lost in hospitality industries while construction and manufacturing could see the loss of around 20 per cent of jobs.
New Zealand will move out of its level 4 lockdown this week after recording nine straight days with less than 20 new COVID-19 cases. The move will allow New Zealanders to return to work. NZ will then be on alert level 3 for two weeks, before it is reviewed again.
The global death toll from coronavirus is now more than 165,000. There are more than 2.4 million known cases but nearly 630,000 people have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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