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Everything that’s happened in past 24 hours

There’s a lot of information to take in with the coronavirus pandemic, as the situation is changing all the time.

Over the past 24 hours in Australia there have been some pretty significant developments, so let’s take you through what happened.

The country has experienced its biggest daily jump in deaths, with the death toll increasing by four.

Three men in their 70s have died in Victoria, with another man in his 70s dying in hospital in Western Australia.

The country’s national death toll now stands at 13.

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.

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New stage-two restrictions came into effect overnight but Prime Minister Scott Morrison backflipped on one of the restrictions.

The decision to restrict hairdressers and barbers to 30-minute appointments was walked back today after it prompted serious backlash.

In a statement, the prime minster said he had listened to the feedback of the “practical implementation” of the COVID-19 measures and agreed with Premiers and Chief Ministers at National Cabinet last night that the “instruction regarding 30 minutes per patron will be lifted”.

The 4 sqm rule per person must still be adhered to during appointments while also limiting personal contact.

An unsettling video taken at Sydney Airport this morning showed that social distancing rules still aren’t been adhered to.

Sally Prosser, a voice coach and former journalist, tweeted the video of the arrivals section where travellers were closely packed together.

Ms Prosser said when she asked Australian Border Force staff why social distancing wasn’t being enforced, she was told, “Not our problem, that’s biosecurity.”

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed today that tougher measures would soon be implemented for the state if cases continued to rise at the rate they were.

“I want to say to the community that if we don’t see things shifting in the numbers because of those actions, NSW will have to go further. And I think everybody appreciates that. But I’m saying no need to panic, supermarkets and essential things will always be available for people to obtain,” she told reporters.

She stressed that “if things haven’t shifted because of the actions we took earlier in the week, and actions which I’m very pleased we took at that time, we will have to go further”.

“And I just want everyone to be prepared for that, not to be overly concerned or panicked, but just to know that the NSW Government will go further if we have to, because it’s in the interests of public safety,” she said.


Though there has been a lot of chatter from experts claiming stage-three restrictions are on the way, it still isn’t clear when they will be implemented and what they will involve.

ABC’s Insiders host David Speers said the restrictions will be coming “sooner rather than later” and NSW and Victoria may move to the now lockdown phase ahead of other states and territories.

If the Government chooses to follow the measures implemented across the UK when it moved to tougher restrictions, then book shops, electrical retailers and hairdressers could be the next businesses on the chopping block.

While Australians are still able to buy a T-shirt at a clothes store, or pop into Kmart for a scented candle, in the UK, shops selling clothing, books and electricals have closed.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson this ordered people only to leave their homes under a list of “very limited purposes” and banned public gatherings of more than two people.

Britons are now only be able to leave their homes for four reasons: to shop for essentials, exercise outdoors once per day, alone or with household members, receive medical treatment or provide care and to travel to and from work, if it’s impossible to work from home.

Mr Morrison is also expected to take part in a virtual G20 hook up tonight where he will talk to other leaders about how they are responding to the coronavirus crisis.

“The G20 hook-up will be talking to the leaders in the top 20 economies about information sharing,” ABC’s David Speers said.

“What are you doing right what’s working? What’s not working? What other lessons can be learnt there?”

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