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A total of seven positive Covid19 cases on NSW Mid-North Coast

The Mid North Coast Local Health District has confirmed four further confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region:

🦠 A man in his 50s is in home isolation after returning from overseas
🦠 A man in his 80s has been admitted to hospital after returning from overseas
🦠 A woman in her 60s is in home isolation after returning from overseas
🦠 A man in his 70s is in home isolation after returning from overseas

The four new cases are unrelated to the 14-year-old girl confirmed last Thursday.

Heath authorities aren’t providing exact locations of specific cases.

There’s now a total of 7 COVID-19 cases across the Local Health District, which takes in Woolgoolga, west to Dorrigo and south to Port Macquarie and Wauchope.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Mid North Coast to seven.

Mid North Coast Local Health District is contacting close contacts of the new cases, who are asked to self-isolate for 14 days from last contact. They will be contacted daily to check that they are well and any contact who develops COVID-19 symptoms will be tested for the infection.

Key Points as at Sunday night 22 March 2020;

Two scientists in white coats sit at a lab bench doing an experiment
University of Queensland researchers are one of the groups worldwide working on a potential vaccine for COVID-19. (Supplied: The University of Queensland)

PM’s office releases statement

This is a direct media release from the PM’s Office

Australians should expect these measures to be in place for at least 6 months.
The following facilities will be restricted from opening from midday local time 23 March 2020:

  • Pubs, registered and licenced clubs (excluding bottle shops attached to these venues), hotels (excluding accommodation)
  • Gyms and indoor sporting venues 
  • Cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, and night clubs
  • Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery
  • Religious gatherings, places of worship or funerals (in enclosed spaces and other than very small groups and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies).

Isolated remote community hubs are not included in these restrictions.Other facilities are not impacted, but will be considered under stage 2 restrictions, if necessary.These measures also apply to outdoor spaces associated with the above venues.Leaders noted that these enhanced measures build on existing measures to slow the virus and save lives:

  • No non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people outside or more than 100 people inside.
  • All non-essential indoor gatherings of less than 100 people must have no more than one person per 4sqm. All Australians should expect their local businesses to be following this rule.
  • Where possible, keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others
  • Avoid non essential travel
  • Restrictions on entering aged care homes to protect older Australians
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From the ABC Coffs Coast Facebook page – Monday 23 March 2020.

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