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Restrictions to stay in place for at least four weeks: Prime Minister


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The Prime Minister has announced the current restrictions will remain in place for at least one month.


Addressing media, Scott Morrison said there are no plans to change those for the next four weeks.

"That includes how they may be enforcing measures, there are some restrictions put in place for some states and not others, those dates will take the advantage over the next couple of weeks and they will make their own decisions whether they want to change any of those arrangements on their own circumstances," he said.


"I would refer you to individual states and territories where they may choose to do that over the next three weeks, one of the areas we will consider is the issue of elective surgery, there is more work to do that, we will consider that next Tuesday.


Mr Morrison said there are three main conditions which need to be in place before the governments will look at lifting restrictions:

  1. Increased testing

  2. Better contact tracing “lifted to an industrial capability”

  3. Local response capabilities


On the second point, Mr Morrison said he commended the state governments for the heavy lifting they have been doing over the last several weeks.


"They are a team of Sherlock Holmes out there at the moment and they are doing a fantastic job on tracking down these cases," he said.

"We need to lift that to an industrial capability and do that using technology and we need to do that as soon as we possibly can, and we will be needing the support of Australians, if we can get that in place get the tracing capability up from where it is that will give us more options and Australians more freedoms."


On the third item, Mr Morrison pointed to what is happening in Tasmania where the Australian Defence Force is working together with state authorities to contain an outbreak


"There will be other outbreaks and other parts of the country, and in all states and territories, we need that ability to move very fast to be able to lock down an outbreak where it occurs and make sure it does not transmit or broadly within the community," he said.


"We are going to move to an environment with fewer restrictions then you need these three things in place, and national cabinet agreed today we will use the next four weeks, to make sure we can get these in place, and the baseline restrictions that have been set, some weeks ago, will remain in place until we can achieve those three goals."

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