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Why you need to help anyone over 70 in your neighbourhood

by Frederic Folsom (2020-05-11)

Australians have been urged to support elderly neighbours who have been told to stay indoors amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sunday Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced further lockdown measures and banned more than two people from gathering in a public place while urging those over 70 to stay at home. 

He also announced the closure of playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor gyms. 

Health Minister Greg Hunt told Sunrise that Australia still had a 'long way to go' despite a dip in infection rates.  

He has called on young people to step up and support the elderly and those with chronic illnesses who will struggle the most to access supplies.

Health Minister Greg Hunt has urged Australians to help their elderly neighbours through the coronavirus crisis 

'We are in this together as a country as a nation as people as friends and as family and we are all going to have to support each other this is something we have never known,' Mr Hunt said.

'In decades to come this will be known as the great generation, I hope and I believe, because they will do what has to be done and Australians are overwhelmingly do it but now is the time to do more.






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'And 골드 박스 this means that if you have to shop for an elderly neighbour, if you have to provide support for someone who has chronic disease, when you do your shopping make sure you are shopping for them and leave the things outside their door.

'Work with your community. We are doing everything we can but no government can do this alone.'

Mr Hunt said that although it was essential to isolate and implement social distancing to save lives, Australians should not turn their backs on each other.  

People over 70 and those aged over 60 with health conditions have been told to stay at home under tighter government restrictions announced on Sunday night. Pictured is elderly couple Michael, 65, and Susan, 66, Stauntin arriving back in Australia from London on Saturday before being placed into isolation

On Sunday Mr Morrison said people should now only leave their house for four reasons. These include work, exercise, for supplies or medical attention.

Chief Medical officer Brendan Murphy said the country is seeing the first early promising signs of 'flattening the curve', with the growth rate of new infections dropping from over 25 per cent into the low teens.  

The daily rate of new coronavirus cases in Australia is decreasing but politicians warn restrictions must continue

To support the measures, additional services have been implemented to help those in self-isolation.

From Monday, Telehealth will be rolled out across the country allowing doctors to provide medical consultations online and pharmacies in conjunction with Auspost who will offer a free delivery of prescription medication to homes once a month. 

Woolworth has also launched a $80 coronavirus 'survival box' available in NSW, ACT, and VIC, containing basic groceries that use delivery channels such as Auspost to distribute goods to people faster.

Meanwhile, families still wanting to see vulnerable loved ones will have to restrict their visits to meet the government's requirements. 

Grandparents pictured in Bondi on Sunday wore face masks as their grandchildren came to visit 

Photos taken at Bondi on Sunday show a mother taking her kids to see their grandparents who wore facemasks and stood metres away.  

The two-person ban on gatherings applies to indoor settings, such as private homes and properties, but not workplaces, offices, schools and households.

States will enforce the restriction with a fine, with Victorians caught breaching the rule to be hit with $1,652 on the spot.

NSW is yet to announce how the penalty, but it is expected to be in line with previous restrictions which have been enforced under the Public Health Act with breaches carrying $11,000 fines, six months imprisonment, or a $1000-on-the-spot fine.

So far, there have been 4167 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia including 17 deaths. 

The family were forced to sit metres apart to protect the older citizens who are more vulnerable to the symptoms of COVID-19

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