Noosa coronavirus news special: All you need to know

QUEENSLAND has recorded its youngest case of coronavirus with the state's total soaring to 144.

The number of cases has jumped by 50 in the last 24 hours with health authorities now treating a one-year-old.

The Australian death toll from coronavirus has risen to seven after an 81-year-old woman died in a Sydney hospital last night.

In breaking news, Noosa council has delegated extraordinary powers to its CEO Brett de Chastel to decide the communities emergency responses during the growing coronavirus challenge.

Noosa council is also taking extra precautionary measures to reduce the COVID-19 risk to residents and visitors at council-owned facilities and have a COVID-19 Management Plan in place so essential services like garbage collection can continue.

We are seeing many Noosa restaurants and cafes focusing on takeaway meals and offering home deliveries, while others are separating tables and restricting the number of people in the restaurant to 100.

Locally, events have been postponed or cancelled including Noosa Eat and Drink Festival, the 2020 Easter Motorcycle Rally and Street Eats and Beats.

One of Noosa's favourite cultural leaders David Williamson has seen his last theatrical work Crunch Time set to be staged in April, flattened by the coronavirus outbreak.

Noosa Mayoral candidate Clare Stewart has also called on the community to come together, while flagging the possibility of a business-focused relief package as local operators already succumb to the strain of COVID-19.

MP Sandy Bolton has responded to community concern after the tragic death to coronavirus of a woman who lived at a Tewantin aged care home. She has explained why no further details have been made public about the woman's whereabouts before her death, telling the community they are "not believed to be at risk".

Elsewhere on the Sunshine Coast, a mother is pleading for clearer advice during the coronavirus pandemic as her daughter is currently stranded in a foreign country with no solution to return home.

Parents and caregivers of Toowoomba East State School have been advised that a school family has gone into isolation after recent contact with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, Stanthorpe State High School teacher Julia Bert is on the front line of the COVID-19 war, watching the tragedy unfold right in front of her eyes.

In local government circles, a former mayor has called on the new council to form a 'war room' to deal with the virus outbreak fallout.

Across Queensland mines, new safety procedures are being brought in to reduce the risk of infection after a scare at one mine.

The virus threat is hitting local charities hard with op shops, including one in Ipswich, forced to close.

Across Australia, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases, based on a tally of numbers provided by health authorities in each state and territory, now stands at 756.

There are 353 in New South Wales, 150 in Victoria, 144 in Queensland, 42 in South Australia, 52 in Western Australia, 10 in Tasmania, four in the Australian Capital Territory and one in the Northern Territory

A key adviser to Prime Minister Scott Morrison credited travel restrictions and social distancing as key to controlling the coronavirus - and added the bans are here to stay until at least October.

And in good news for Queensland small business owners, banks will freeze small business customers' loan repayments for up to six months in response to the cash-flow crunch caused by the coronavirus crisis.

About 6.5 million Australians will get a one off payment as part of the Government's response to the coronavirus, with cash rolling out from March 31.

 

As Aussies try to stay well and stop the spread,  there is outrage as backpackers in Australia are defying social distancing rules, saying they can "handle" the coronavirus because they're young.

And there are hopes that an experimental drug initially designed to treat ebola could cure patients of coronavirus, after a 79-year-old Italian man who had tested positive to COVID-19 was given the all-clear following treatment.

 

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ONE of Noosa's favourite cultural leaders David Williamson has seen his last theatrical work Crunch Time set to be staged in April, flattened by the coronavirus outbreak.