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National Cabinet to talk coronavirus modelling, restrictions, rent relief

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Details are expected to be released about the government’s coronavirus modelling as the country’s deputy chief medical officer cautiously notes the peak of new COVID-19 cases may be behind us.

Details are expected to be released about the government's coronavirus modelling as the country's deputy chief medical officer cautiously notes the peak of new COVID-19 cases may be behind us.

The national cabinet is meeting on Tuesday, with state and federal leaders expected to consider relief for commercial tenants and to discuss modelling of the spread of the coronavirus in Australia.

The meeting follows Deputy Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly's remarks that the slowdown in the rate of new cases each day showed the restrictions on daily life and social distancing measures had successfully flattened the curve.

But he was cautious about predicting that rate wouldn't go up again.

Professor Kelly warned against younger people becoming complacent, saying the coronavirus was not just an older person's disease and there were a number of people aged in their 30s among the worst-affected patients now in intensive care and on ventilators.

That said, the nation's leaders and medical experts are now starting to look at how and when to start easing the tough restrictions in place to slow the disease's spread.

That will include a consideration of how prepared the health system is for an increase in cases and what effect lifting particular measures would have on new case numbers.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison addresses the media during a press conference on COVID-19 coronavirus at Parliament House. Picture: Alex Ellinghausen

So far, 5795 people have the coronavirus in Australia. Of these, 41 people have died, including six on Monday and five on Sunday.

Governments are concerned that people will be tempted to breach restrictions on movements and social distancing rules over the coming Easter weekend.

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Popular beaches in Sydney and Queensland, including Manly, Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta, closed on Monday as people continued to flock there.

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Source: 9News

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