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Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact - Friday, April 24


The latest snapshot of COVID-19 cases, measures and impacts as of 0730 AEST on April 24.




* Australia has fewer than 1700 active coronavirus cases. A total of 6,661 Australians have caught the virus and more than 5,000 have recovered. Just 12 cases were reported on Thursday. The average daily increase in infections has fallen to 0.2 per cent.

* Australian deaths: 76 (34 in NSW, 16 in Vic, four in Qld, seven in WA, eight in Tas, three in ACT, four in SA). 21 were passengers on the Ruby Princess.

* A 79-year-old woman died at Newmarch House on Thursday following the death of a woman and two men in their 90s at the Sydney aged care facility. There are 44 more infections among residents and staff.

* 6.8 million pensioners, carers and other welfare recipients have benefited from $750 cash payments totalling $5.1 billion.



* Australia's borders won't reopen for at least three to four months, according to the federal government.

* Some elective surgeries to resume including IVF, dental and eye procedures, children's surgeries, joint replacements, endoscopy and colonoscopies.

* A federal government app to track people who have been in contact with an infected person will be available soon.

* The federal government will relax the 40-hour per fortnight work limit for international students enrolled in medical courses in an attempt to boost the number of health and disability workers.

* NSW is extending the coronavirus testing criteria to allow people with mild respiratory symptoms to get tested for the infection.

* NSW students will attend school one day a week starting from May 11, building to full-time by late July. SA schools return to normal on Monday and WA has urged Year 11 and 12 students to go back full-time when term two kicks off on April 29. Meanwhile, in Victoria, students will continue to be schooled at home.

* WA has announced a $154.5 million package to support tenants, landlords and the construction industry.

* Banks have pledged to provide bridging finance for businesses needing to pay staff ahead of the JobKeeper payments rolling out in May

* The Victorian parliament has passed legislation allowing it to borrow $24.5 billion.

* About $339.5 billion - 17 per cent of the national economy - in combined efforts have been announced by Australian governments and the Reserve Bank so far.

* All Australians must continue practising social distancing and stay at home unless going out for essentials or exercise.

* Australians returning home from overseas must be quarantined for two weeks in hotels or other accommodation before being allowed home.

* Australians, excluding aid workers and compassionate cases, are banned from international travel.

* Still open: supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, public transport, some schools, hairdressers, petrol stations, postal and freight services, bottle shops, newsagents, retail shops. Restaurants restricted to takeaway/delivery in most states.

* Closed: gyms, indoor sports venues, pubs, cinemas, nightclubs, casinos, places of worship, theme parks, auction houses, food courts in shopping centres, beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlours, galleries, museums, libraries, youth centres, community halls, clubs, RSL clubs, swimming pools, arcades, indoor and outdoor play centres, social sports that involve large groups, outdoor and indoor markets, outdoor playgrounds, outdoor gyms, skate parks.



* "We are on the road back - and that is demonstrated by the measures that we already have taken - and we are on the way back to a COVID-safe economy as well." - Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Australia's current trajectory in coronavirus transmissions.



* The Ruby Princess has left Australian waters on its way to Manila, The Philippines.

* Australia is pushing for the World Health Organisation to be granted the same powers as weapons inspectors to deal with future pandemics.

* A real-time system to monitor intensive care beds and give authorities information on the number of patients on ventilators and available beds is now in operation.



* Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle resigns after losing the support of the board.

* Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been in discussions with his NZ counterpart about relaxing travel restrictions to allow the Warriors across the Tasman for the NRL's planned May 28 restart.

* The FFA concedes there is little chance of soccer resuming before June.

* The AFL, NRL, Cricket Australia, Football Federation and Rugby Australia have all reported taking a financial hit from the virus.



* The Australian share market is expected to record some gains after mixed results in overseas markets overnight.

* RBA governor Philip Lowe expects GDP to fall by around 10 per cent in the first half of 2020, mostly in the June quarter.



* Cases: at least 2,710,089

* Deaths: at least 190,101

* Recovered: at least 743,510

*Source: State and federal government updates and Johns Hopkins website as at 0730 AEST

© AAP 2020

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