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Tough new social distancing laws to be in place 90 days

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says public vigilance and stringent lockdown measures are slowing the speed of coronavirus cases as police say isolation rules will continue for at least 90 days.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in NSW has reached 2298, with 116 new cases recorded by 8pm on Wednesday, while the state’s death toll sits at 10 – almost half of the country’s total of 22 deaths.

Miss Berejiklian urged the public to stay vigilant despite the encouraging figures.

“The acceleration of cases in NSW isn’t growing, which is a good thing,” she said today.

“So, we know that we’re having some level of success in reducing the spread. But we have to maintain our vigilance. We are at a very critical phase.”

(Nine)

Gatherings of more than two people, apart from immediate family, are banned in NSW as are all non-essential activities

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“It is 90 days. People will have gotten the message by then, hopefully,” he said.

“We won’t be talking about the powers, we’ll be talking about what does it look like coming out of this.”

Comm Fuller said officers were taking a balanced approach when enforcing the public restrictions.

“We want people to be able to stay fit and physically and psychologically healthy. We’re trying to make sensible decisions in relation to that,” he said.

NSW police have begun issuing tickets for breaches of social distancing but they will be reviewed by the force’s commissioner. (Nine)

“But of course if I said that it’s OK to sit on a park bench, then everyone is going to go to the park. We’re going to end up back where we started.”

Comm Fuller said three tickets were issued by police over the past 24 hours for isolation breaches. He said he is personally reviewing every case.

He said there are now 3557 people quarantined in NSW hotel rooms and another 500 travellers are expected to arrive in the state today.

There are also about 200 returning ADF members, who were deployed in the Middle East. They will also be quarantined in NSW hotel rooms.

Meanwhile, more than 500 NSW businesses are refitting their operations to manufacture key medical equipment.

A man arrived for virus testting at a pop-up clinic at Bondi, eastern Sydney. (AAP)

Miss Berejiklian said companies had responded to her appeal made earlier this week.

“I asked businesses in NSW to put up their hand and register with us to see how they could support us in retooling to provide vital medical supplies which we need, we had over 500 businesses register already. I’m really pleased with that,” she said.

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Source: 9News

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