Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

NSW Premier encourages students to stay home

NSW Premier encourages students to stay home

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says schools will remain open for those in need, but her government will encourage parents to keep their children at home wherever possible.

Ms Berejkilian's instruction comes as Prime Minister Scott Morrison reiterated over the weekend schools across the country should stay open on the basis of advice from the nation's leading health experts. "Schools remain open for those who need to send their children", she said.

Victorian schools were closed from today, despite those in other states remaining open. Despite intense questioning from reporters, the NSW premier would not forecast what might happen when Term 2 was scheduled to begin.

Berejiklian has confirmed that NSW residents can expect an update on Monday morning "about the impacts and our plans following the National Cabinet".

New South Wales has recorded another spike in confirmed coronavirus cases, as the premier reinforces the importance of self-isolation.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said while the state has a high number of coronavirus cases, it also has the highest rates of testing.

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The vast majority of cases - 327 - were imported from overseas.

The NSW Education Minister said principals have been told to identify staff with underlying health risks and allow them to have flexible arragments, including the ability to work from home.

Dr Chant confirmed there are 10 people in ICU and six confirmed coronavirus deaths in the state. If a decision isn't reached, Victorian schools could be shut as soon as Tuesday.

'People have got to step up and take this seriously otherwise we're going to finish up in a really hard situation and frankly, if people don't want to take my word for it, turn your TV on - have a look at Italy, have a look at Spain, have a look at France, ' Mr Andrews told Triple M Melbourne on Tuesday.

"These are not ordinary school holidays", he said.

"I want to stress that, for parents that have no option, for parents that are workers and have no option, the school is safe for children to attend", she reiterated.

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