"There would be over 5000 more cases".
Earlier this week, Australia announced tightening measures to try to stop the spread of COVID-19, including gatherings limited to a maximum of two people and mostly be at home, apart from essential reasons. "In fact, some commissioners doing the maths were suggesting we would have had 8000 cases just as recently as last weekend", the PM told reporters.
Meanwhile, Education Minister Dan Tehan said the Federal Government would work with the states and territories to ensure education outcomes were not impacted negatively.
"We must continue to do this". "If it's a warm day, don't go on masses down to the beach".
A policeman is seen talking to a driver at a check point on the Queensland and New South Wales border.
Mr Morrison said schools were planning for a combination of distance learning and normal schooling.
Infectious disease expert Peter Collignon says Australia has more than flattened the curve of the virus.
"Because we have the highest testing rate in the world".
"This is being done to ensure that those producers can get the work done but also to ensure that the communities are protected", the Prime Minister said. It's about 5 per cent a day at the moment.
Prof Murphy maintained community transmissions were the biggest worry, noting they've "been growing and are still growing slowly".
"If you have a job in this economy then that is an essential job", Morrison was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.
However, Peter Collignon has cautioned that the draconian policing of lockdowns seen in NSW and Victoria in particular weren't medically necessary and could turn people off the social distancing that would be needed for quite some time yet.
"People should know though, in particular for students, all students who come to Australia in their first year have to give a warranty that they are able to support themselves for the first 12 months of their study", Mr Morrison said.