AMA commends cautious approach to lifting COVID-19 restrictions

The AMA commends the National Cabinet for continuing to listen to expert medical advice by proposing a cautious, phased, and gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. 

AMA President, Dr Bartone, said that the National Cabinet’s three step plan is in line with the AMA’s advice and recommendations. 

“The gradual lifting of restrictions is welcome, but we must not become complacent. Patience and vigilance will still be required,” Dr Bartone said. 

“Limiting house visitors to five, limiting outdoor gatherings to 10, and continuing to work from home if it works for you and your employer are measures that are required in order for lifting some restrictions on shopping and cafes and local travel. 

“Of course, it is up to each jurisdiction to make the appropriate considerations based on local information. 

Dr Bartone praised Australia’s medical professionals that have responded tremendously to COVID-19, despite extraordinary pressure on their work, their families, and their businesses. He stressed that it is time for patients to get back to the doctor to have usual care diagnoses and treatment resumed.  

“We all must continue physical distancing. We must stay at home if we have any respiratory symptoms. We must test if COVID-19 symptoms arise. And we must download and use the COVIDSafe app - it is encouraging that 5.3 million Australians have already done so,” Dr Bartone said. 

Read the full media release here 

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