Covid-19 Australia: The social distancing changes "are working"

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison had confirmed the government will spend $1.6 billion supporting 13,000 childcare facilities and parents to take away the financial burden of having children at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

"We're still detecting returned travellers, still detecting contacts of returned detecting contacts of returned travellers, but those numbers are reducing", he said. "If it's a warm day, don't go on masses down to the beach", he said.

"As much as it is lovely to have visitors to Australia in good times, at times like this if you're a visitor in this country, it is time, as it has been now for some while - and I know many visitors have - to make your way home and to ensure that you can receive the supports that are your home countries".

Yesterday, Premier Mark McGowan announced a "hard border closure" would start in WA on Sunday night.

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Western Australian authorities were also restricting access to the northern Kimberley region, a remote area with a large indigenous population that has been deemed at high risk because existing health standards fall below the rest of the country.

The rules around churches have been relaxed slightly to allow them to hold and broadcast Easter services, but congregations will still not be allowed to attend.

"Honestly I think it was still an indication that people just weren't getting it".

NSW Police commissioner Mick Fuller said on Friday that five Royal Caribbean ships off the country's east coast will depart for their port of origin after refueling and restocking on the weekend.

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Morrison said his government will provide its full modelling next week, but on its current trajectory the country's healthcare system will be able to manage the demands put on it.

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"These (student) visas, and those who are in Australia under various visa arrangements, they are obviously not held here compulsorily", he told reporters in Canberra today after a National Cabinet meeting with state and territory leaders.

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