Prime Minister says Victorians “know the drill” as Melbourne and Mitchell Shire enter the first day of six weeks of stage three lockdown.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Victorians "know the drill" as Melbourne and Mitchell Shire enter the first day of six weeks of stage three lockdown.
Mr Morrison thanked Melburnians for their cooperation thus far, and called for patience from those living in border towns such as Albury-Wodonga.
"I do want to thank Victorians for how they're responding, and thank them for their continued patience. They know the drill," Mr Morrison said.
"We all know the drill when it comes to social distancing, making sure we wash our hands, and download the COVIDSafe app, and all of the necessary parts of staying safe, COVID-safe, in the community."
Mr Morrison warned the rest of Australia that no state or territory is immune to the outbreak of coronavirus that Victoria is now trying to suppress.
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"I'd say more broadly across the country that we must guard against complacency, that we must continue to follow those social distancing protocols all around Australia, even in states or territories where the number of cases is effectively zero," he said.
"Please don't think that any of the states or territories are immune.
"It's important, because we do not want to see the situation in Victoria repeated in any other part of the country."
Mr Morrison acknowledged the frustration and confusion felt by Victorians who find themselves plunged back into lockdown.
"I can understand that many, many people in Victoria will be feeling very frustrated at the moment, and many are very angry. And I'm aware of where they're directing that frustration and anger," Mr Morrison said.
"But it won't help the situation if I were to engage in any of that.
"I have a good working relationship with the Victorian Government and it's our job just to work together to solve this and to get on top of it."
'This country has never seen a level of income support like this'
Mr Morrison says Australia has never delivered an income support program on the same scale or cost of JobKeeper and JobSeeker.
"We will continue to provide that. I mean, during the course particularly of these next six weeks, that is entirely within the current set of arrangements for JobSeeker and for JobKeeper," he said.
"And so that support will continue. And the support for placement, the Victorian Government has also put some arrangements in place to support other members of the community, as other states have."
Australia's housing markets are resilient
Mr Morrison said it's too early to make "premature" forecasts about the Australian housing market as a result of COVID-19, remarking that he believes property will be resilient.
"Fundamentally, the structural position of the housing markets in Australia would tell a far more stronger tale in terms of their resilience," he said.
"That's why I welcomed particularly yesterday the decisions by the banks to be able to continue to roll over and defer payments in relation to debts. That's important.
"That's one of the many changes that have been important to date and will be important later in the year."
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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-prime-minister-urges-patience-for-towns-on-nsw-victoria-border-no-state-or-territory-immune/18e70baf-98d5-4993-afd5-88e55d6bffb4