Tasmania’s Premier urges parents to keep kids home from school as coronavirus tally rises


March 27, 2020 11:09:05

Tasmania’s Premier is urging parents to keep children home from school, as the total number of coronavirus cases in the state reaches 47.

Tasmania COVID-19 snapshot

  • Confirmed cases: 47
  • Tests conducted: 1,272

What do I do if I think I have coronavirus?
If you think you might have COVID-19 because of recent travel or contact with a confirmed case, phone your GP or the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.

Need an interpreter?
Phone the Tasmanian Interpreting Service on 131 450 and tell them your language.

For more information and factsheets:
Visit the Tasmanian Department of Health’s coronavirus page here.

The Tasmanian school term will end four days early on April 3 to give teachers time to plan to provide home learning delivery for students.

Premier Peter Gutwein said he understood parents were concerned and teachers were anxious.

“Schools will remain open, but where possible from Monday parents should keep their children home from school.”

A number of schools in Tasmania had already closed and moved to online learning, with Launceston Church Grammar School on Friday announcing it would shift to remote learning as of Monday.

He also urged people not to be social over the weekend.

“For goodness sake do not get out and congregate in groups,” he said.

“Do not increase the risk to yourself and family.

“Don’t have barbecues with your mates or a booze up in the park.

“It’s not on. The message is clear. Unless you need to go to work, unless you need to go out to get supplies, stay at home and save lives.”

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Health Minister Sarah Courtney said five cases of coronavirus were diagnosed yesterday, including two children.

“The children did not attend school,” she said.

“All were passengers on Ovations of the Seas which docked in March.

“All were already in self quarantine and receiving daily updates from public health staff.”

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Director of public health Mark Veitch said of the 47 cases in Tasmania, five had been cleared of the infection.

“Five cases are being treated in hospital and the remaining 36 at home or in home-like circumstances,” Dr Veitch said.

“Two hundred and sixty-eight people from cruise ships are being monitored.”

Islands enforce strict border controls

Premier Peter Gutwein said any non-essential travellers from mainland Tasmania who fly into King or Flinders Island must go into 14 days isolation.

“If you are Flinders Island resident and you travel into the mainland and then back to Flinders you must go into quarantine,” he said.

“The two councils have asked us to strengthen those arrangements to ensure we don’t have mainland Tasmanians travel there for a holiday.

“An order will be in place to stop intrastate travel to Flinders Island for those who are not essential travellers.”

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