We’re back with the latest update from ya boy Scomozy, Scomiz, Scoooey – sorry, look I’m super struggling with this cabin fever thing. But it’s (sorta?) Semi-good news I guess, with the PM saying that the overall growth of COVID-19 is down to single digits – at 5% growth.
It’s the first stages of a bell curve, but the PM also said to prepare for a six-month struggle – but hopefully this is a good sign that it won’t be longer. Scomo said that we’re in a ‘suppression’ stage right now, as opposed to a ‘containment’ phase previously.
To be honest, his whole lecture on international students was a bit strange though. He basically said – in classic diplomatic pollie style – that if you’ve got enough cash to come here to study from overseas, you’ve got enough to go back to your home on expensive overseas flights.
scomo essentially just said if you chose to come here to study then you’re definitely rich enough to survive a global pandemic
— stream future nostalgia (@dollylama__) April 3, 2020
He went on to suggest “the alternative for [international students] is to return to their home country.”
100s of students are telling me the lack of flights and horrendous financial situation has left them stuck. Plus their studies are still here. ScoMo needs a reality check
— Mehreen Faruqi (@MehreenFaruqi) April 3, 2020
So it doesn’t look great for any non-Australian-residents/citizens, and that really sucks because so many of them contribute to our society. They pay tax. They follow the rules, yet won’t get any help for the government.
Still no news on the poor and homeless who can’t afford to practice social distancing.
Some key announcements from the PM included:
- Australia has moved from ‘containment’ into ‘suppression’ of the virus
- We are tracking well overall on the virus, single digit growth at 5%
- Daily dashboard with key stats is being made
- Same rules as workplace for religious institutions (for those conducting services, worship places still not open)
- Focus is on supporting Australian residents and citizens
- You should not be going away anywhere for Easter holidays
- Still working on a plan for commercial landlords and tennants