Australia Coronavirus infections in NSW pass 800 as 149 new cases confirmed in 24 hours

23:45  23 march  2020
23:45  23 march  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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Health authorities in NSW have confirmed 149 new coronavirus infections in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, taking the state's total to 818.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian described the increase as "substantial" and said the state was at a "critical stage in relation to the virus".

"I can't emphasise that enough," she said.

Chief Medical Officer Kerry Chant said authorities were seeing an "incredible burden in our recently returned overseas travellers" within the rising numbers.

"We have 425 that are overseas-acquired," she said.

"It is essential to protect the border community, and those that you love, to maintain that self-isolation."

Ms Berejiklian warned those disobeying self-isolation rules that "there are harsh penalties and we'll enforce that."

More to come.

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