Coronavirus wiped out from aged care homes

Katina Curtis, AAP Senior Political Writer
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SCOTT MORRISON CEDA ADDRESS

Scott Morrison says Australia faces a mountainous economic recovery following the COVID-19 crisis

Australia's aged care homes are now all coronavirus-free as authorities keep a watch out for any resurgence of the disease.

Health Minister Greg Hunt marked the milestone in question time on Monday.

"I'm advised today that there are now no cases - no cases - in any aged care facilities remaining active in Australia," he told parliament, noting there were also only two people with coronavirus on ventilation across the country.

"Equally, the tribute rests with our hospitals, where our hospital workers, our doctors, our nurses, our carers, our cleaners, our administrators have done an extraordinary job."

Many politicians around the country took the chance on Monday, International Cleaners Day, to thank some of the nation's lowest-paid workers for their vital role.

Labor pressed Mr Hunt on why cleaners in nursing homes missed out on government-funded bonuses that other aged care workers received.

The minister said that $230 million program was only intended to support carers and nurses who dealt face-to-face with aged care residents.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australians have shown incredible resilience in the face of both the health and economic crises.

"We have managed to do better than our fears and even our hopes," he told a CEDA summit in Canberra.

But he warned the economic recovery ahead will be very hard.

"There is a mountain yet to climb."

He later told parliament it was unrealistic to promise that every job could be saved and every business kept from failure.

"We have cushioned the blow but we cannot prevent the blow," he said.

New data from the Australia Bureau of Statistics showed the proportion of people working paid hours stayed steady through May, just below 60 per cent.

NSW and Victoria were again the only states to record new cases of coronavirus on Monday.

Schools in both states have been closed after cases were recorded among their communities.

In Victoria, a second person who attended a Black Lives Matter rally a week ago tested positive.

However, the state's chief health officer Brett Sutton said it was very unlikely the woman would have been infected at the protest.

Prof Sutton said she had worn protective equipment and had mild symptoms, making it unlikely to have transmitted the virus.

Meanwhile, three in five Australians are excited about the prospect of dining out and catching up with larger groups of family and friends as coronavirus restrictions are stripped away.

But three-quarters of people are uncomfortable about attending large public events and still more were avoiding social gatherings with people they did not live with, according to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Monday.

The bureau's latest coronavirus survey, conducted in late May, showed the vast majority of people were comfortable heading back to work and sending their kids back to school or childcare.

But most were not keen on flying or catching public transport.