Australia's coronavirus death toll rises to 20 after another NSW death

Henrietta Strickland
April 1, 2020

Dozens of people are still sightseeing in Bondi Beach or gathering with friends.

According to NSW Health, the "South Eastern Sydney" region - which Bondi falls under in this categorisation - has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the state at 450. "To those Australians who are at home, to those Australians who are isolating or in quarantine, I want to say thank you".

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian this morning stressed people should stay inside.

Hundreds of people ignored the 1.5metre social distancing guidelines, which are created to keep Australians safe from the highly contagious disease.

"This virus is virulent, it spreads really, really quickly and unfortunately too effectively and therefor we have to maintain our vigilance".

"I'm urging increased testing and particularly aligned to active clusters and community transmission", Chant said.

Health authorities in NSW have confirmed a ninth coronavirus death in the state - a 95-year-old woman who was a resident at Sydney's Dorothy Henderson Lodge.

Public health orders enacted on Tuesday vary from state to state but generally include penalties of some kind for people flouting rules that include restricting public gatherings to just two people and the closure of outside gyms and parks.

The NSW Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement Order 2020) makes it unlawful to leave your place of residence unless it's for an essential objective - obtaining groceries, exercising, medical or compassionate care, and working or studying that can not be done from home. There's also leniency for weddings and funerals. The repercussions differ from state to state, but include fines of up to A$11,000 (5,516.05 pounds), a potential six-month prison term and the requirement to wear an electronic tracking device.

Corporations that fail to comply are liable for a $55,000 initial fine and $27,500 for each day the offence continues.

He said since the latest tightening of restrictions, there had been no infringements issued.

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Commissioner Fuller said officers were using discretion when it came to enforcing the rule.

Based on the completion of more than 230,000 tests, the death rate for Australian cases was below 1 per cent, significantly under the 10 per cent being reported by some other countries and suggesting "early promising signs of the curve flattening", Hunt said.

Surfers have been told to leave the water.

You're allowed to remain close with your household.

Meanwhile, pharmacists in NSW can from Tuesday dispense medicines without a prescription and operate 24/7 for people who cannot get to their GP or don't wish to leave home.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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