Rapid changes on restrictions unlikely

Rapid changes on restrictions unlikely

National Cabinet unlikely to make rapid changes on coronavirus restrictions when it meets on Friday

Posted on 08.05.2020

National Cabinet is unlikely to make quick changes to restrictions when it meets tomorrow (today Friday May 5) to chart a roadmap out of the coronavirus crisis, the ABC understands.

When changes are made, they will come in four-week increments to gauge their impact on the number of infections in Australia.

The premiers, chief ministers and the Prime Minister are determined not to inadvertently allow a second wave of major infections by lifting restrictions haphazardly.

But, on the firm advice of the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC), National Cabinet is expected to agree to a clear framework to allow Australians to understand how the next few months will look.

For every relaxation of social distancing rules or easing of shutdown measures, there will be a so-called “epidemiological timeframe” to analyse whether the change causes an uptick in infections.

That will allow health authorities the chance for a medical stocktake of the curve, which will take between three and five weeks per set of restrictions lifted.

Key points:

  • National Cabinet will likely agree to ease restrictions in four-week increments, rather than all at once
  • This will allow monitoring of the impact each change has on infection risk
  • The Federal Government sees getting schools back to normal as the “keystone” of reopening the economy

Andrew Probyn

ABC News





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