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Australia’s COVID-19 cases are still growing rapidly. Our hospitals may soon hit capacity.

March 27, 2020 - 10:34 -- Admin

The lessons from overseas are clear: unless Australians comprehensively comply with spatial distancing, those measures won’t work and our hospitals will be over-run.

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As more Australians get COVID-19, will we have enough hospital beds?

March 24, 2020 - 12:11 -- Admin

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Australia has been doubling every 3-to-4 days. This is not surprising: the slowly-increasing measures put in place over the past week by the federal and state governments will take time to slow the growth of case numbers. But we should be clear: a shutdown of anything that isn’t truly essential will be needed to avoid overwhelming the healthcare system. In the coming days and weeks, the number of Australians diagnosed with COVID-19 will rise quickly.

COVID-19: Australia is now in the middle of the pack in terms of its fiscal response

March 23, 2020 - 12:16 -- Admin

Australia is only in the middle of the pack in terms of the fiscal measures announced to date. Australia’s total package is less than half that of the UK and Spain but larger than Canada and New Zealand.

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As the COVID-19 crisis deepens, few Australians have much cash in the bank

March 20, 2020 - 16:12 -- Admin

It’s clear than many Australian households will need help if they loose their livelihoods through the COVID-19 crisis. They should be a high priority for the Morrison Government as it puts together its second economic support package.

read more As the COVID-19 crisis deepens, few Australians have much cash in the bank

Grattan Institute is sending its staff home. Here’s why other employers should urgently consider doing the same

March 20, 2020 - 10:03 -- Admin

The less people are physically near each other, the lower the rate of transmission of coronavirus. That’s why ‘social distancing’ – or more accurately, spatial distancing – is a key strategy to slow the spread of the virus.

COVID-19: Other countries are spending a lot more than Australia on economic rescue packages

March 20, 2020 - 08:57 -- Admin

As COVID-19 spreads, governments around the world are opening their wallets and leaning on their balance sheets to protect their economies from the full financial impact of the crisis.

read more COVID-19: Other countries are spending a lot more than Australia on economic rescue packages

Australian governments can choose to slow the spread of coronavirus, but they would need to act immediately

March 10, 2020 - 21:19 -- Admin

Australia currently has 100 diagnosed cases of coronavirus, as of 10 March. Countries that have hit the 100 case threshold fall into two camps: those that saw rapid spread of the disease, and those with a managed case load. Australia should act as soon as possible to ensure we join the latter camp.

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