Tasmanian Outbreak Under Control, No New Cases

May 1, 2020 Updated: May 1, 2020

The CCP virus outbreak in Tasmania’s northwest region is largely under control as the state has reported no new cases in the past day.

Twelve of Tasmania’s 13 COVID-19 deaths have been in the northwest and two-thirds of an overall 221 cases have come from the outbreak there.

On April 30, the state’s chief health officer reported no new cases. but said vigilance remains high.

“A concerted effort is being made to identify any further cases of COVID-19 in the northwest,” Dr Mark Veitch said.

Extra restrictions placed over the northwest compared to the rest of the state—the closure of non-essential retailers and schools —will ease as of May 4.

Premier Peter Gutwein has said statewide restrictions, including limits on public gatherings and a ban on non-essential trips, still apply to the northwest and that stricter measures could be reintroduced if cases spike again.

The state has passed legislation allowing police to issue on-the-spot fines to people breaking public health orders.