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Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact - Monday, May 18


The latest snapshot of COVID-19 cases, measures and impacts as of 0730 AEST on May 18.


* Australia has recorded about 7045 cases, but only 580 remain active.

* The national death toll is 99 - NSW 48, 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).

* About 5.8 million of an estimated 16 million people have registered for the federal government's COVIDSafe tracing app since April 26.



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

* The initial phase sees cafes, restaurants and shops reopen plus outdoor gatherings allowed of up to 10 people. Five people permitted to visit other homes and up to 10 guests allowed at weddings, while funerals can have 20 mourners indoors and 30 outdoors. Real estate home inspections and auctions can resume with a 10-person limit, while children will return to schools and child care.

* Social distancing and hygiene measures retained.

* A staged return to school classrooms has begun in NSW and Queensland, while in Victoria prep, grades 1, 2, 11 and 12 students return to their classrooms on May 26 with the rest returning from June 9. WA has reinstated compulsory school attendance from Monday, May 18. Tasmanian schools will start to reopen from May 25.

* NSW restrictions on outdoor gatherings and recreational activities, cafes, restaurants, clubs and pubs eased. People must maintain social distancing and stick to a group limit of 10. Working from home is encouraged.

* Victorians may have up to five visitors in their homes. Gathering limits relaxed to 10 for outdoor activities including fishing, hiking and golf. Weddings can have up to 10 guests. Indoor funerals can have up to 20 people, with 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.

* In Queensland, shopping for non-essential items permitted while up to five members of one household can visit other homes. Up to 10 people allowed to congregate in parks, pools and playgrounds from Saturday. Outback pubs and clubs to reopen.

* South Australia has resumed elective surgeries and regional accommodation to reopen, including caravan parks, hotels, motels and Airbnbs. Alcohol-free dining with 10-person limit allowed at cafes and restaurants. Seasonal workers must self-isolate before entering the state. The government is preparing for a second coronavirus wave by expanding its pediatric emergency department capability.

* WA is encouraging people to return to work from May 18, with cafes and restaurants allowing up to 20 patrons. Regional travel restrictions to ease in some areas.

* The Northern Territory 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.

* Tasmania will ease some restrictions from May 18, with restaurants and cafes allowed to seat up to 10 people and gatherings of up to 10 people allowed including for real estate purposes, religious gatherings and weddings. Border controls remain but returning Tasmanians can quarantine at home.

* The ACT has allowed outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, easing restrictions on sport and recreation.



* 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.



* 12 Victorian McDonald's stores have closed after a delivery driver tested positive to the coronavirus.

* Australia has received international backing for an independent inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus with 62 countries co-sponsoring a draft resolution.



* The NRL will resume competition on May 28 while the AFL will resume on June 11.



* Some $220 billion in loan deferrals have been granted by banks, two-thirds in mortgages, and one-third for small and medium businesses.

* Early superannuation withdrawals have reached $11.7 billion.

* Nearly 600,000 people lost their jobs in April as Australia's unemployment rate rose one per cent from March to 6.2 per cent, seasonally adjusted.



* Cases: at least 4,789,688

* Deaths: at least 316,054

* Recovered: at least 1,847,765

Data current as of 1600 AEST May 17, taking in federal government and state/territory government updates. Johns Hopkins virus tracker.

© AAP 2020

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