Coronavirus Cases Now Above 1200 In Australia, NSW Records Biggest Spike Yet

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the country has risen by more than 200 in the last 24 hours, including by 97 in NSW alone. 

As of Saturday night, NSW has recorded 97 new cases, bringing the state's total number of cases to 533.

NSW Health maintains the majority of cases were acquired overseas or are a contact of a known case, highlighting the importance of self-isolation on return to Australia.

But it warned a number of new diagnoses have been made in backpackers in the Bondi area, in Sydney's east.

According to NSW Health, some of those people attended two recent parties in the area -- one at popular venue 'The Bucket List' last Sunday, and another at 'Club 77' in Darlinghurst the following night.

In Victoria, 67 new cases were confirmed on Saturday, bringing the state’s total number to 296.

The new cases include 42 men and 25 women, with people spanning their late teens to early 80’s.

There are three confirmed cases that may have been acquired through community transmission, The Department of Health and Human Services said.

On Sunday, Queensland Health Minister Stephen Miles confirmed an additional 38 cases across the state.

Queensland's total number of cases is now 259, with cases continuing to be concentrated in the state's east and among returned travellers.

As of Saturday, the number of cases in South Australia reached 278.

Premier Steven Marshall on Sunday announced the state will close its borders from Tuesday -- in line with Tasmania and the Northern Territory.



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The number of cases in Canberra has jumped from nine to 19 in the past 24 hours.

Eight of the new cases are believed to be linked to overseas travel while one person recently travelled from Queensland another had close contact with a previously confirmed case.

Chief Minister Andrew Barr said all Canberrans should avoid all non-essential travel.

"The only travel outside of the Canberra region should be for work, for compassionate reasons, and to ensure the essential supplies and services that our region needs," he said.

This means no holidays on the south coast this Easter or school holidays, it means no weekends in Sydney or Melbourne.

"Visiting family and friends outside of the Canberra region needs to be carefully considered, and if it is not essential, don't do it."

There are now at least 90 confirmed cases in WA,  17 in Tasmania and five in the Northern Territory.

These latest figures bring the country's total number of confirmed cases to more than 1,200. Globally, that number has reached 300,000 as the death toll in Italy jumped by almost 800 in just one day.

On Sunday, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Paul Kelly said the numbers are "where [he] thought we would be." But he warned some of the measures the government has implemented, such as social distancing and bans on indoor and outdoor gatherings, are not being fully implemented -- and need to be.

"We need to ramp up the communication to people about that, we need to make sure that people are listening," Kelly said.

"We need to also start to consider enforcing some of these things, particularly in larger venues that are clearly not taking any notice of it.

"These are things that we can do and must do over coming days."

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly. Image: AAP

The National Cabinet, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison and state and territory leaders, is meeting on Sunday evening.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has flagged she will inform the Cabinet the state will proceed with a "comprehensive" shutdown of all non-essential services over the next 48 hours.



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