Two more cases of coronavirus in Tamworth Regional area has been confirmed, bringing the total cases to 11. Armidale, Liverpool Plains and Inverell have between one to four cases each, while there are no reported cases for Gunnedah. The numbers are as of 8pm on March 28. The release of new figures comes after the Prime Minister's stimulus package was announced on Sunday morning.
Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said the $1.1 billion in more support measures will boost mental health services, increase domestic violence support, provide Medicare assistance for people at home and emergency food relief.
“People in country communities and remote parts of Australia who are anxious and fearful need to know that the Federal Government is there to support them,” he said.
“No Australian, no matter where they live, needs to go through this alone.
“Those in regional and rural Australia have had it rough recently, with drought, bushfires and now the COVID-19 crisis. We will continue to be there for them."
Mr Littleproud said the package includes a whole of population telehealth, which is important for people to connect with their medical professionals and counsellors and doubles the bulk billing incentive to make sure GPs are available.
“There will also be more services for people experience family, domestic or sexual violence, and extra funding for mental health services," he said.
“Emergency relief services have been heavily relied upon. This demand is expected to increase.
“As a result, there is $200 million to support people who are struggling to pay their bills, need their food delivered or have clothing available.
“I encourage people to take advantage of these measures to help them get through.”