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Australians urged to avoid rush hour virus crush in return to work

Reuters | Canberra | Updated: 18-05-2020 11:08 IST | Created: 18-05-2020 10:57 IST
Australians urged to avoid rush hour virus crush in return to work
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Australian officials planned to open pop-up parking lots and extra bicycle lanes in Sydney and other cities as the country's most populous state began its first full week on Monday of loosened lockdown measures. New South Wales (NSW) state Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged people to avoid peak-hour trains and buses as they returned to work to ensure that social distancing between commuters is maintained.

Australia's states and territories are beginning to allow more public activity under a three-step government plan after two months of shutdowns that officials have credited with keeping the country's exposure to the pandemic relatively low. NSW, which accounts for around half of Australia's 7,045 COVID-19 cases, reported just one new infection in the previous 24 hours. The state also reported one additional death, the first nationally in almost a week, taking the nationwide toll to 99.

"We normally encourage people to catch public transport but given the constraints in the peak and the fact we are exercising social distancing, we want people to consider different ways to get to work," Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney. "Places in and around the CBD, but also in employment hubs, will be investigated and more pop-up parking stations will be made available," she added.

For people still catching trains and buses, the government is ordering "intense and ongoing cleaning" across the public transport network, she said. Neighbouring Victoria state, which along with NSW accounts for more than half Australia's 25 million population, reported six new cases of coronavirus in the 24 hours to Monday.

Twelve McDonald's Australia restaurants in Victoria were closed after a delivery driver tested positive to the illness, local media reported. McDonald's Australia CEO Andrew Gregory was quoted in local media as saying the driver not symptomatic and no McDonald's diners were at risk of contracting the illness from the driver. McDonald's Australia is a separate corporate entity to McDonald's Corp. A row was brewing between NSW and its northern neighbor Queensland after the latter's leader, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said the state border could be closed until September. Queensland reported two new cases over the past 24 hours.

In response, NSW's Berejiklian said there was a benefit to retaining the national border closure only. Meanwhile, Australia is joining dozens of countries pushing for an investigation into the origins of the new coronavirus when the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation (WHO), meets in Switzerland this week for its first annual meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The issue has led to a diplomatic spat with China and Foreign Minister Marise Payne said on Monday she was "very encouraged by the growing levels of support" for the inquiry.



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