Australia's Treasurer has declared that the nation is "at war" with the COVID-19.
On what was supposed to be the day the Federal Budget was handed down in Parliament, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has instead delivered an "economic update" on the impact of the coronavirus restrictions has had on Australia, in a speech that was - we shit you absolutely not - interrupted by a gargantuan hacking coughing fit.
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During his Tuesday speech, Frydenberg noted that the coronavirus relief packages provided to Australians will take years to pay off.
Australia banned public gatherings and non-essential travel as part of a series of restrictions in late March.
As a result, the number of jobs in Australia declined by 7.5 percent between March 14 and April 18 while the wage bill paid by businesses decreased by 8.2 percent.
Mr Frydenberg also reminded Australians the stimulus packages that the Government has rolled out in recent months have a short legislative life.
Australia has announced a timeline for easing COVID-19 restrictions.
He went on to explain that "these improvements in the economy depend on us continuing to follow the health advice".
Australia hopes to remove most of the restrictions imposed in March within three months in an attempt to get almost 1 million people back to work amid a decline in coronavirus cases. But the government revised its surplus forecast to A$5 billion ($3.2 billion) in December - before devastating wildfires and the coronavirus hit the Australian economy.
Mr Frydenberg said he was unable to provide that forecast - as would often happen in a federal budget - due to economic uncertainty.
Frydenberg did not say what the government's deficit will be.
Instead, he committed to paying off the deficit by "growing the economy through productivity enhancing reforms".
The financial year in Australia ends on June 30.
"The new spending measures were not created to go forever but to build a bridge to the recovery phase".