Australia Closed To Tourists And Non-Residents As New Travel Ban Comes Into Effect
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Here's what you need to know:
- As of 6.30am Friday (AEDT), there have been more than 236,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the world and nearly 9,800 deaths. Almost 85,000 people have recovered.
- NSW cases have jumped by 75 to 372, which is the state's biggest spike over a 24-hour period;
- As of 9pm AEDT Friday, Australia's borders have closed to tourists and non-residents amid a total travel ban;
- Federal and state budgets have been delayed from May to October;
- Small businesses will be able to apply to their banks for a six-month deferral of payments;
- NAPLAN exams have been cancelled for this year;
- Remote Indigenous communities have been locked down to all but essential visitors, at their request;
- Qantas chief Alan Joyce said the pandemic will hit Australia's economy harder than the GFC.