Australians reminded to stay home despite reduced rate of COVID-19 infection

CANBERRA (Xinhua) – Australia has achieved progress in the fight against the COVID-19, with the growth rate of infection cases falling below 1.5 per cent.

According to the Department of Health there have been 6,238 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia as of Saturday morning – an increase of 1.39 per cent from 6,152 on Friday morning.

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has zero new cases between Friday and yesterday.

Despite the rate of infections flattening across the country, ACT Chief Health Officer Vanessa Johnston reiterated that people must stay home and continue to abide by social distancing rules.

“As I have said all this week, please stay home this Easter long weekend. Do not travel to the coast or interstate or gather in large groups with family and friends,” she said in a statement.

“If you do need to go out for essential reasons, then complying with the rules on physical distancing and practising good hand and respiratory hygiene are the most important tools in slowing the spread of COVID-19.”

Of the 6,238 confirmed cases in Australia, 54 have died from COVID-19, as of yesterday morning. More than 338,000 tests have been conducted across Australia.

The government has legislated COVID-19 economic stimulus measures including the AUD130 billion (USD81.1 billion) JobKeeper package and leader of the Opposition Labor Party Anthony Albanese yesterday called for greater commitment to manufacturing and infrastructure to aid the economic recovery.

“I want to see revitalisation of Australian manufacturing and industry,” he said, according to the WAtoday’s report.

“Acting now in order to avert the costs of inaction is sensible.”

A police officer stops a woman from swimming on Bondi Beach in Sydney. PHOTO: AFP