Victoria To Start School Holidays Early As It Joins NSW In 'Comprehensive Shutdown'

The NSW and Victoria Premiers have both announced a shutdown of all non-essential services across the states, as coronavirus cases spiked again overnight.

Dan Andrews has announced Victoria will shut down schools early by bringing forward the school holidays, starting on Tuesday.

He announced the measure in a statement issued on Sunday afternoon, announcing Victoria would also be implementing a shut down on all non-essential services over the next 48 hours, in line with NSW.

The move comes ahead of a national cabinet meeting, where the leaders of each state and territory will gather with Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Gladys Berejiklian issued a statement on Sunday and said the process will take place over the next 48 hours.

"Supermarkets, petrol stations, pharmacies, convenience stores, freight and logistics, and home delivery will be among the many services that will remain open," the statement said.

Schools will remain open on Monday, although Berejikilian said she would make further announcements on education tomorrow morning.

The ACT will follow NSW and Victoria in shutting down non-essential services over the next 48 hours in a dramatic bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr expects other states will do the same after leaders meet with the prime minister on Sunday evening.

"We must also face the reality that, as a territory within NSW, it would be impossible for the ACT to have different arrangements than those in our surrounding region," he said in a statement.



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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. 

The announcement was made as NSW Health on Sunday confirmed 97 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the state's tally to 533. Of those 533 cases, 46 have been contracted locally without an identified source of infection.



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Morrison has resisted closing schools based on medical advice.