Australia Coronavirus cases in Victoria rise to 1,228 as police urge people to stay home for Easter

03:40  09 april  2020
03:40  09 april  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

Victoria records eighth coronavirus death

  Victoria records eighth coronavirus death The patient passed away in hospital overnight. The national death toll now stands at 28. Victoria Police have been conducting checks on people to ensure they are staying in self-isolation. They have conducted 707, and of those cases 391 were returned overseas travellers – 91 of whom were not home when they were supposed to be.Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos also warned against people hearing about alternative treatments and "cures" for the disease."I don't want to see people rushing out to their pharmacies and buying lice treatment," she said.

Image caption Police have been checking people are sticking to the coronavirus restrictions. People across Northern Ireland have been reminded to stay at home this Easter Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd urged people to use their common sense and only leave the house if absolutely necessary.

Derbyshire Police drive down Normanton Road delivering a rap via megaphone telling people to stay indoors during the coronavirus lockdown. Lyrics include ' stay at home whenever you can, don't go out on the streets with your fam'.

a person standing in front of a building: Members of Victoria Police conduct random spot checks on people who are supposed to be in self-isolation. (Supplied: Victoria Police) © Provided by ABC Business Members of Victoria Police conduct random spot checks on people who are supposed to be in self-isolation. (Supplied: Victoria Police) Cases of coronavirus in Victoria have risen 1,228 after 16 more people were diagnosed with COVID-19 overnight.

Fifty people are in hospital including 13 people in intensive care, up from 12 yesterday.

The number of deaths remains at 12.

Police Minister Lisa Neville urged people to stay at home this weekend, but conceded that legally people could visit holiday homes they owned.

"Plan for the Easter bunny to show up at your primary residence," she said.

"Do not go and travel and visit our coastal communities this weekend.

"You can't go to an Airbnb, you can't camp, you can't caravan, you can't boat, you can't fish. Those are very clear rules. You can't catch up with friends or family that don't currently live with you."

Ms Neville said Victoria Police would be visiting coastal and regional communities where there was often an influx of tourists.

Officers would also be out on the roads doing road safety checks and making sure people were complying with coronavirus restrictions.

More to come.

State's fines for breaking social distancing rules under review .
One of Victoria's most senior police officers has vowed to review all fines issued to people breaking social distancing rules. Deputy commissioner Shane Patton said he would reconsider offences handed out to Victorians who ignore the non-compliance directive to stay at home, ordered by the state's chief health officer. "If some of those aren't properly issued or pass the common sense test they will be withdrawn," Mr Patton said.It would be done to ensure people were being treated fairly, he added.

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