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

NSW records 149 new coronavirus cases in biggest daily jump

NSW records 149 new coronavirus cases in biggest daily jump

Australia's two largest states have made a decision to take significant new steps to combat the COVID-19, with both states announcing that non-essential activities and businesses will be shut down from midday Monday. That's an increase of 149 overnight from 8pm to 8am, ' she told reporters.

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

'We urge you to please comply.

"We appreciate for some parents this is not possible", she said.

Six people are now in intensive care in NSW while they battle the infection.

"They had widespread testing with strict isolation of confirmed cases".

"It's painful, but it is absolutely appropriate", Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said on Monday morning.

Victorian schools were closed from today, despite those in other states remaining open.

Mr Andrews said the restrictions will run until April 13, but expected them to run for much longer. No child would be turned away from the school gates, Ms Berejiklian said.

'We are ramping up our compliance.

"We need to make sure everybody who's in self-isolation stays in self-isolation".

'If they're supposed to be in self-isolation and they're not, there are harsh penalties and we'll enforce that.

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Residents of mainland China, Taiwan and Macau who have recently been overseas will also be barred from entering the city. Alcohol will be available in supermarkets and convenience stores across the city.

"I'm incredibly pleased with the decisions we've taken to date".

NSW health authorities are investigating some cluster outbreaks.

"The quicker we stop the spread, the more handle, the more control we'll have over the virus".

'For many, young and old, 2020 will be the toughest year of our lives, ' he told parliament.

"I don't want to look back in a month and think "why didn't we do that sooner?, why didn't we save more lives"?" she said.

Mr Morrison announced on Sunday all licensed clubs, pubs, cinemas, casinos, nightclubs, gyms and sporting venues, restaurants, cafes and places of worship will be forced to close across the country from midday on Monday.

Most states have closed their borders: Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania are only allowing freight and those making essential travel.

Dr Phelps says that Singapore has reportedly managed the spread of the virus while keeping schools open but stresses that in Singapore, measures were taken early and taken seriously. Schools in NSW will remain open for working parents who have no option to keep children home.

"Children had their temperatures checked on arrival at the school gate and were sent home if they had a fever or symptoms".

The premier cautioned parents to keep a close eye on what children did on their holidays and ensure they maintain tight social distancing laws.

The number of deaths remains at seven.

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