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Scott Morrison calls for calm amid pandemic as restrictions begin

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged Australians to remain calm amid the upheaval of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged Australians to remain calm amid the upheaval of the coronavirus pandemic

Mr Morrison spoke to Today as new powers banning the non-essential gathering of more than 500 people and self-quarantine measures for travellers arriving in Australia came into force.

He assured Australians essential services remained in place.

"Things can continue to work. Shops remain open. The power is still on," he said. 

"The phones still work. The buses still run, the trams still go, so we can get about our daily lives as best we can. 

"There will be changes. We will try to telecast them as much as we can in advance so we can adjust and get on with it."

Mr Morrison said schools would remain open as long as medical advice advised it was the best option. 

"There are a lot of opinions at the moment and I'm interested in facts," he said. 

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"The facts are that the younger people in our population are actually less at risk and there are great risks right now in school closures. That's the advice we have. 

"And so we have to make decisions that is in the national public interest and particularly for the most vulnerable. 

"I'm a parent. You're a parent. 

"We all have the same concerns and anxieties about the health of our kids. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Australians returning home from abroad are a potential huge risk to increasing the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

"I don't think there's any competition about that. We all get that. It means we have to stay calm and take the best possible advice."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-scott-morrison-urges-calm-restrictions-on-public-gatherings-travel-begin/265a377f-352c-4447-9773-27927eed6b34

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