Victorian schools set to close from Tuesday

Victorian schools set to close from Tuesday

Victorian schools set to close from Tuesday

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also flagged further restrictions.

The state "will proceed to a more comprehensive shutdown of non-essential services", New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said in a statement Sunday.

That means widespread closures are expected from Tuesday, March 24.

Victorians will still be able to go to the supermarket, the bank, the pharmacy and other essential stores, like petrol stations and convenience stores, according to the Premier's announcement.

Schools in NSW, she said, will remain open as the authorities did not want to pull parents out of crucial medical care worker roles.

Victoria will bring school holidays forward by a few days by closing all schools on Tuesday.

The announcement comes ahead of the National Cabinet meeting this afternoon, Sunday 22 March.

There are now 669 confirmed cases of coronavirus in NSW, with 136 new infections announced this morning.

In the meeting, politicians are also expected to discuss shutting off certain "COVID-19" red zones from the wider community, similar to what was introduced in parts of Europe to slow the spread.

There are a number of people in hospital and are least three in intensive case.

All beaches in Sydney's eastern suburbs have been closed on Sunday, including Bondi, Tamarama, Maroubra and Coogee.

Dee Why, Freshwater, Long Reef, Manly, Curl Curl and Palm Beach were all shut earlier on Sunday.

"Several new diagnoses of COVID-19 have been made in backpackers in the Bondi area", NSW Health said on Sunday in a statement. "People can not be cavalier about these things and must take them extremely seriously because lives and livelihoods are at stake". Some people think they are above the law'.

The crowds at Bondi Beach, and images of bustling bars and restaurants across Australia, have maddened politicians, who have repeatedly asked citizens to keep 1.5m apart from each other.

Instead, it has restricted outdoor gatherings to a maximum of 500 people, and last week limited indoor venues to one person per four square metres.

US President Donald Trump has also urged the younger generation to be more cautious to reduce the risk of infecting more vulnerable elderly. Save yourself and save your family, ' Mr Hazzard told reporters on Saturday.

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