Published: Thu, April 02, 2020
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NSW lockdown to be lifted in 90 days as coronavirus cases fall

NSW lockdown to be lifted in 90 days as coronavirus cases fall

People are now allowed to be outside in groups of two, or more if they are from the same household.

Since Monday, just three infringement notices have been issued for people flouting social distancing laws.

"We want people to be able to stay fit and physically and psychologically healthy", he said at a press conference this morning.

The new rules, introduced on Monday in a bid to contain COVID-19, stipulate that Australians should only be leaving their homes for one of four reasons: obtaining food or other goods and services, travelling for the purposes of work or education if the person can not do it at home, exercise and medical or caring reasons.

NSW will continue with its strict coronavirus measures for at least 90 days, NSW Police Commissioner Mike Fuller said on Thursday.

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The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in NSW reached 2298 on Wednesday night, with 116 new cases recorded while the state's death toll sits at 10 - nearly half of the country's tally of 23 deaths.

NSW now has the nation's toughest coronavirus lockdown regulations.

The country has meanwhile banned cruise ships from docking after being found to be the biggest single source of coronavirus infections, with 20% of cases linked to passengers and crew from the ships.


Healthcare professionals direct a woman at a pop-up clinic testing for Covid-19 at Bondi Beach, after several outbreaks were recorded in the area, in Sydney, Australia April 1, 2020.

More than 108,000 people have been tested for COVID-19 in NSW.

Other confirmed coronavirus cases in NSW include a teacher at Kambala School in Sydney's eastern suburbs, another teacher at Wylie Park Girls High School in the southwest and a student at St Mary's Senior High School in western Sydney.

"The acceleration of cases in New South Wales isn't growing, which is a good thing", Ms Berejiklian said.

"So, we know that we're having some level of success in reducing the spread, but we have to maintain our vigilance".

NSW will change planning rules to help struggling companies in sectors such as hospitality and construction. We are at a very critical phase.

"It'll also help boost productivity in a crucial part of our economy", he told reporters alongside the premier.

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