The chief health officer for NSW says it will take at least seven days for medical experts to gauge the success of widespread shutdowns implemented across Australia to tackle COVID-19.
But the NSW premier says she’s ready to move ahead of the Commonwealth if required and declare a lockdown across NSW over the weekend, while police have been granted powers to crack down on those flouting public health orders. The number of NSW coronavirus cases jumped on Thursday to 1219, a rise of 190 on the previous day.
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More than 2800 cases of COVID-19 have now been confirmed across Australia with 1219 in New South Wales, 520 in Victoria, 493 in Queensland, 231 in Western Australia, 235 in South Australia, 53 in the ACT, 42 in Tasmania and eight in the Northern Territory.
Thirteen people have died – two in WA, seven in NSW, one in Queensland and three in Victoria.
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Originally published as NSW could move to lockdown, premier says