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NSW reports 212 new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours

NSW has reported 212 new COVID-19 cases over the past day, bringing the state’s total to 1617.

NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said 84,907 people had been tested and excluded. Of those infected, 22 are in intensive care.

The state’s death toll now sits at eight, after a 91-year-old Dorothy Henderson Lodge resident died. There have been 14 deaths nationally.

Travellers arriving in Australia from 11.59pm tonight will be made to isolate in hotel rooms, in the state they land in, in an attempt to slow the virus outbreak.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has urged travellers to bear with the government throughout shutdown and quarantine measures.

“It is frustrating time for many of us. It is really hard and frustrating for all of us,” she said at a press conference this afternoon.

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“And so I say to those travellers: you need to bear with us and do the right thing. There will be enforcement procedures in place from both the federal perspective and state perspective. But we are also asking people to do the right thing.

“I’m not going to pretend that we are going to be able to make sure that every single person abides by the rules. But I will say that our entire police force is ready for the task and we are looking forward to working with border force and also the Australian Defence Force, as well as other authorities involved, because we know that by working together closely we can keep our community safe.

“We draw a line in the sand from midnight. The police are in charge of managing the operations, along with the ADF (Australian Defence Force) and Border Force. And we want to make sure that we keep our community safe by making sure the people adhere to strict isolation measures.

“We know the largest number of people with coronavirus are bringing it in from overseas. The next category of people are those they are in close contact with. Unless we control the job at that level, we won’t have a chance to contain the spread in the community.”

She warned the rules and restrictions across NSW could get stricter if the coronavirus figures did not improve.

“If we see those numbers and community transmission go up at a rate that we are not comfortable with, we will have to put in stricter measures,” she said.

“And we would rather hold off before we need to do that, but if we need to do that, we will.”

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