NSW has recorded seven new cases overnight. Six cases are linked to the Thai Rock restaurant cluster. The source of the other case has not been identified. A record 36,169 coronavirus tests were completed over the past 24 hours.
Shine Lawyers have launched a class action claim against the operators of Carnival and Princess Cruise Lines and is seeking damages through the Federal Court of Australia. More than 800 people have joined the suit over ‘misleading and deceptive conduct’ with regards to the COVID-19 outbreak on the Ruby Princess. The cruise ship docked in Sydney Harbour and disembarked 2647 passengers on March 19 despite some passengers on board having ‘flu-like symptoms’. Hundreds of Australians have since been diagnosed with COVID-19 following exposure to the disease from Ruby Princess passengers. 20 Australians died following this exposure.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has urged Australians to remain vigilant with social distancing and hygiene.
“Every one of us can help save a life or inadvertently risk a life. Maintaining the physical distancing, making sure we’re practising the cough etiquette. Above all else, if you do have symptoms, stay home, and only leave home for testing and isolate until you get that result.
“They’re the fundamental things that can help protect our parents and our grandparents and the spread from advancing around our community. It’s such an important contribution that everyone can make,” Hunt said.
New coronavirus restrictions come into place for NSW’s clubs, restaurants and cafes today.
The new rules require businesses to limit group bookings to a maximum of 10, to implement a COVID safe plan, register as a COVID safe business and maintain an electronic record of all patrons and staff entering their premises.
Queensland has recorded two new cases of COVID-19 overnight. Both diagnoses relate to returned Australians staying in hotel quarantine.
“We are asking people to undergo tests as soon as they get into quarantine and then again at day 10 or 11 And that is where we picked up these two new diagnoses,” said QLD CMO Jenny Young . “The quicker we can find people who are positive, the better we can protect their families and community”
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