Updated 1 Apr — Coronavirus: Call for Calm — Latest Important Information – Hope 103.2

Updated 1 Apr — Coronavirus: Call for Calm — Latest Important Information

By Hope 103.2Wednesday 4 Mar 2020

Wednesday 1 April Headlines

  • A ninth person has died of coronavirus in NSW — a 95-year-old resident from the Dorothy Henderson Lodge in Macquarie Park
  • 150 new cases were confirmed in the state yesterday
  • Pop-up testing facilities are beginning today in Bondi, where there’s been a cluster of coronavirus cases among backpackers
  • NSW Government is calling on manufacturing businesses to re-tool to produce medical products and equipment that are in short supply — the Premier says overseas sources of medical equipment have been disrupted and she’s calling on local businesses to step-in to fill the breach
  • Police Commissioner Mick Fuller says officers are using their discretion when enforcing new health rules, designed to stop the spread, and ‘safe’ is being at home unless you have to work or go to medical appointments — no tickets for breaching the new laws have been issued as yet
  • Two Border Force officers have tested positive — in NSW and QLD — contact tracing is being carried out


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Latest Updates from Key Officials and Organisations

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Monday 30 March

Expand: Other Recent Press Conferences and Addresses by the Prime Minister


NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian

Tuesday 31 March

Expand: Other Recent Conferences and Addresses by the NSW Premier



Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy

Thursday 26 March, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly

Expand: Other Recent Press Conferences and Addresses by the Chief Medical Officer


Health Minister Greg Hunt

Tuesday 17 March, 1.51pm: Update on Significant Medical Developments & Health Minister Greg Hunt speaking on Telehealth and providing support for those who are isolated or vulnerable, and developments on vaccine research

Expand: Other Recent Press Conferences and Addresses by the Health Minister


Headlines (weekdays)

Tuesday 31 March

  • Police say they won’t hesitate to fine people breaking new coronavirus restrictions — since last night, it’s been illegal to be out with more than one other person who isn’t from your household
  • Premier is urging people to act as though they could have coronavirus and not go out in public, unnecessarily
  • A cluster of virus cases in Sydney’s east has prompted health officials to call for an increase in testing in areas of community transmission
  • 114 new cases have been confirmed in NSW in the past 24 hours
  • Police say it’s OK to go to the shops for basic food or go to the GP — anyone acting outside of that face fines or put before the courts for a possible jail sentence
  • Deputy Premier is urging Sydney residents to stay away from the bush in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. There are concerns about cheap accommodation offers being marketed as a way to get out of the city during the pandemic.
  • Businesses are rushing to sign up to the Federal Government’s $130 billion plan to subsidise wages during the pandemic
  • Medical experts say the coronavirus is mutating, as viruses do, and eight strains are now making the round globally — a researcher at the University of Washington says the good news is that the mutations are not more lethal
  • Virgin is seeking $1.4 billion loan from the Government to ensure the company’s survival through the pandemic
  • 145 million surgical masks will be pumped out by a South Australian company in the coming months

Expand: Past Headlines Since Monday 9 March


Official Fact Sheets & Resources including Signs & Symptoms

Australian Department of Health

Visit their dedicated ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert‘ page that offers the following key information:

  • Current status in Australia, in the news, and across the world
  • Symptoms
  • Protecting others and stopping the spread
  • Advice for people most at risk
  • Government response
  • If you’re concerned
  • Translated resources

Visit Australian Department of Health


@healthgovau Live Tweets

Scroll to read all of Australian Government Department of Health updates.


NSW Department of Health

NSW Health offers the following resources for Sydneysiders and rural residents:

  • Latest updates including restrictions
  • How to protect yourself and others
  • Symptoms and what to do if you’re feeling unwell
  • Social distancing and how to self isolate
  • Support for businesses and workers

Visit NSW Health

Do you still have questions?

Healthdirect 1800 022 222


Australian Academy of Science

Professor Robert Booy from the University of Sydney, Head of Clinical Research at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance, explains what ‘flattening the curve’ actually means.


TED-ed Questions and Answers


Government Travel Advice for Australians

Smartraveller.gov.au COVID-19 / coronavirus alerts

“On 24 March the Prime Minister announced a ban on all overseas travel, with few exceptions. This is on top of our standing advice from 18 March to not travel overseas at this time. While there are still commercial options available to return to Australia, take them.”

Visit Smartraveller.gov.au for the most up-to-date advice and alerts


The Economy


7News Finance Editor Gemma Acton


CEO of the Australian Banking Association Anna Bligh



Wednesday 11 March, 10.11AM: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks in Canberra on coronavirus stimulus package

“We have a world class health system…there is a time the system will come under great stress, that is not a reason for alarm or concern…health first, that’s always been our focus,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison


Mornings host Katrina Roe spoke with Damien Kelly from the NSW Business Chamber about which businesses have been most affected by the coronavirus.

Listen: Hope 103.2 Mornings with Katrina Roe talks about the effects of coronavirus on tourism and education


Josh Frydenberg — Treasurer of Australia, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party, Federal Member for Kooyong:


Please visit our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information, Resources and Encouragement central page for more information, support and encouragement.

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