Scott Morrison Chokes Back Tears As He Talks About The Impact Of Coronavirus Restrictions
The Australian Prime Minister has choked back tears when talking about how the impact the coronavirus has had on our community.
Scott Morrison was talking about how his government's restrictions have changed nearly all the ways we live our lives.
Everyone has been hit by restrictions on daily life since the rules were introduced. But Mr Morrison said there was one thing that he found particularly difficult to deal with.
When the social distancing rules were announced, only 10 people would be allowed to attend a funeral for a loved one.
Speaking to Sky News, the Prime Minister said: "There have been so many hard things.
"That one that really tears me up is how many people have had to deal with loved ones who've passed away and go through funerals with so few people there.
"That is just... it's just horrible."
The idea of people not being allowed into a service to say goodbye to someone they held dear clearly upset the politician.
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He paused to steady his emotions before trying to issue a message of hope.
He said: "We need... Let's look forward to good days, mate. They're going to come. They're going to come."
Funerals are only allowed to be larger than the 10 person limit in exceptional circumstances, such as the funeral of a significant indigenous leader in north Queensland earlier this month.
Scott Morrison has previously said restrictions could be in place until September to ensure the risk of transmitting the coronavirus was at the lowest possible point.
However, in a sign that attitudes towards the restrictions were relaxing, the Prime Minister announced that some elective surgeries would be allowed to start from next week.
Authorities have been encouraged by figures that showed several states and territories recording zero or single-digit cases of Covid-19. As a result, a stack of procedures can resume after Anzac Day.
All Category 2 or equivalent procedures in the private sector will be allowed as well as the following Category 3 procedures:
- All IVF
- All screening programs where they have ceased
- Post cancer reconstructions, including breast reconstruction
- Critical dental procedures
- All procedures for children under the age of 18
- All joint replacements including knees, hips, and shoulders
- All cataract and eye procedures
- Endoscopy and colonoscopy
Authorities will review the situation on May 11 to see whether other categories could be reopened.
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