Prime Minister Scott Morrison moved to reassure Australians that the government is not planning a complete lockdown of the country to try and stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Rumours circulating on social media purported that a planned two week lockdown on people’s movement was set to kick in as early as this weekend.
In an address this morning, the Prime Minister reiterated that “there is no two-week answer to what we’re confronting, there is no short-term, quick-fix to how this is dealt in Australia.”
“The idea that you can just turn everything off for two weeks and then just turn it back on again and it all goes away, that is not the evidence, that is not the facts, that is not the information and it’s not our way through this and it’s not what you see in the measures that we’ve already announced and the measures that we continue to announce.”
The Prime Minister went on to repeat the government’s predictions that the current measures would be in place for about six months.
“It could be much longer than that, it could be shorter, that’s unlikely given the way we’ve seen events unfold. So what we’re doing, you’ve got to be able to keep doing and you’ve got to be able to sustain that.”
Premier also seeks to end speculation
Premier Steven Marshall has also moved to put any speculation about an Adelaide CBD lockdown to bed.
In a press conference this afternoon, the Premier labelled the chatter about a lockdown “unhelpful,” reiterating the Prime Minister’s explanation that any restrictions would need to be sustainable over the long-term.
The Premier confirmed during the press conference that South Australian public schools and public transport would continue to run for the time being, and are both exempt to the Federal Government’s nationwide ban on indoor gatherings of groups greater than 100 people.