Australia coronavirus live: NSW brings in $440m rent relief package as national death toll reaches 59 – latest updates

There is more evidence Australia is flattening the curve of infections though the death toll has continued to grow. Follow all the latest news, live

11.19pm BST

Simon Birmingham said at this point of time, everything is a day by day proposition – including domestic travel:

I think we have got to take everything a step at a time at present. We are protecting lives by restricting travel, we are protecting jobs as a government by putting in place measures such as the jobkeeper payment and additional support for businesses, including support for the airlines. Step by step we have been working through this. As we have said all along, our response will continue to be targeted, proportionate and deal with the circumstances as we find them.

11.14pm BST

But Simon Birmingham, on the same program just a few moments later, says he believes subsidising domestic flights would be “an unlikely step”.

…But, ultimately, we will keep working carefully through this crisis.

At present our focus is on telling people don’t travel and our gratitude to Australians who have heeded that message and not traveled over the Easter break.

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