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Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact 19/5/20

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


* Australia has recorded about 7060 cases, but only 567 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 off coronavirus restrictions in coming months, with states and territories to determine the exact timings.

* Social distancing and hygiene measures retained.

* NSW public school students are likely to return to full-time classes on May 25. A staged return to school classrooms has begun in 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 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 stick to a group limit of 10 and maintain social distancing. Working from home is encouraged while public transport changes mean 12 people at most on two-door buses in Sydney, 32 commuters per train carriage and 245 people on the Manly ferry.

* Victorians may have up to five visitors in their homes. Gathering limits relaxed to 10 for outdoor activities including fishing, hiking and golf. Maximum of 10 guests 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.

* 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. The border between Queensland and NSW could reopen in September.

* South Australia has resumed elective surgeries and allowed regional accommodation to reopen. Alcohol-free dining with a 10-person limit allowed at cafes and restaurants. Seasonal workers must self-isolate before entering the state.

* 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 is expected on June 8.

* 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.

* In Tasmania, restaurants and cafes are allowed to seat up to 10 people with the same number allowed to gather 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.



* The Chinese government has imposed tariffs of more than 80 per cent on Australian barley exports.

* Australia's resolution for an independent inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus has been backed by more than 110 countries.

* Queensland has launched two investigations into why a Rockhampton nurse returned to work before getting the result of her coronavirus test.

* Childcare operators want at least four weeks' notice to help parents transition back to the pre-coronavirus system of fees and taxpayer subsidies.

* Six temporary cycleways are being built along key roads in Sydney to encourage people to cycle to work instead of crowding public transport.

* More than 5.6 million people have undertaken telehealth consultations, netting doctors about $526 million.



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

* The International Cricket Council is set to update on regulations prohibiting the using spit to polish cricket balls.

* AFL clubs, except Richmond, have split their best players across different training groups to avoid putting them all in isolation if one tests positive for coronavirus.



* Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham has urged state and territory governments to open borders to domestic holiday-makers when safe.

* Nearly half of all Australians with jobs are working from home in a massive change to workplace structure forced by the coronavirus crisis.

* About $9 billion in superannuation has been paid to 1.19 million unemployed and underemployed people with a further billion dollars waiting to be approved under an early access scheme.



* Cases: at least 4,870,545

* Deaths: at least 319,187

* Recovered: at least 1,893,629

Data current as of 0730 AEST May 19, taking in federal government and state/territory government updates. Johns Hopkins virus tracker.

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