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Australia's NSW at 'critical stage' in relation to coronavirus

Australia's NSW at 'critical stage' in relation to coronavirus: Premier
24 Mar 2020 05:45AM

Read it here: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/australia-nsw-critical-stage-relation-coronavirus-covid-19-12569570

SYDNEY: Australia's New South Wales state, of which Sydney is the capital, will use harsh penalties to enforce self-isolation, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said on Tuesday (Mar 24), as the coronavirus pandemic was at a "critical stage".

"We need to make sure everybody who's in self-isolation stays in self-isolation. We are ramping up our compliance," she told reporters. "There are harsh penalties and we'll enforce that. We have to take this seriously."

The number of COVID-19 cases in NSW jumped by 149 overnight to 818. The total number of cases across Australia has surpassed 1,700, up from fewer than 100 at the start of March.

Berejiklian did not specify how the self-isolation rules will be enforced. She pointed to countries that did not control the spread of the virus early on. "I don't want to be another example of a jurisdiction that didn't do what it needed to do at the right time," she said.


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