WA Premier Mark McGowan and Health Minister Roger Cook provide an update on WA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic April 7th, 2020.
The latest Perth coronavirus update from Mark McGowan and Roger Cook covering education, commercial leases, latest confirmed cases and when a peak could occur.
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Year 12 students have been assured they will receive an ATAR university entrance rank and will not have to repeat the school year.
Mr McGowan is confident that ATAR will be going ahead this year stating they will be flexible if needed
“ATAR will go ahead this year… it may mean exams are held later in the year”.
Commercial Tenancies – Good faith leasing principles
National Cabinet agreed that states and territories would implement a mandatory Code of Conduct.
The Code builds on the draft codes submitted by landlord and tenant representative bodies in the commercial property sector.
The purpose of the Code is to impose a set of good faith leasing principles for application to commercial tenancies (including retail, office and industrial) between owners/operators/other landlords and tenants, in circumstances where the tenant is a small-medium sized business (annual turnover of up to $50 million) and is an eligible business for the purpose of the Commonwealth Government’s JobKeeper programme.
Landlords are legally required to meet with businesses who meet the criteria and will have to reduce leases in proportion to the reduction in the tenant’s business.
Deferrals — rental payments that will need to be made, but can be put off — must be spread over the remaining time on a lease and for no less than 24 months.
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WA Coronavirus count
Overnight Western Australi has seen 10 more confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 9 from the metro area and 1 from the Kimberley.
Of the new cases the ages have ranged from 46-84.
Further insights from the confirmed WA cases:
- 4 of the confirmed cases were linked to cruise ship and 3 overseas travel
- Kimberley confirmed case is a health worker
- WA’s total is now 470
WA has also recorded 2 more deaths overnight with a male in his 70’s from the cruise ship Artania passing and a female in her 70’s a return overseas traveler returning to WA has passed away at Royal Perth Hospital.
Currently, there are 54 individuals in Perth hospitals and 15 in ICU.
WA has also now recorded 18,731 negative tests for COVID-19.
Will there be a peak in WA?
Roger Cook has provided insight into if/when WA could expect a peak in COVID-19 cases in Perth when asked about a winter or even a delayed November peak.
While Mr Cook suggested due to successful measures already put in place, WA could be looking at potentially be looking at a much later peak or a prolonged flat curve with minimal cases as we are currently seeing.
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Watch: WA Premier Mark McGowan and Health Minister Roger Cook provide an update on WA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.