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Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

LATEST NEWS ABOUT COVID-19:

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NUMBERS

* Confirmed cases in Australia: 4557. NSW remains the worst hit with 2032.

* Australian deaths: 19 (eight in NSW, four in Vic, two in WA, two in Qld, two in Tas, one in ACT).

* Four people have died at Sydney nursing home Dorothy Henderson Lodge.

* Nine people have died after being infected on cruise ships, including five from the Ruby Princess.

* Three babies under 12 months and a one-year-old are among the latest Victorian cases

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MEASURES

* Unprecedented $130 billion package to subsidise wages at $1500 a fortnight for six million workers, paid via employers. Parliament to be recalled to approve this package.

* $1.1 billion package to help with mental health, domestic violence prevention and other health measures.

* Federal parliament has also passed packages worth $17.6 billion and $66 billion.

* More than 34,000 extra hospital beds have been made available under a $1.3 billion deal struck with the private sector

* Borders closed in Queensland, Tasmania, SA, NT and WA. Freight and essential travel excepted.

* Australians returning home from overseas will be quarantined for two weeks in hotels or other accommodation before being allowed home

* Australians, excluding aid workers and compassionate travel cases, are banned from international travel.

* Gatherings of more than two people have been banned indoors or out.

* People flouting social distancing, isolation or quarantine orders face fines of $1000 or more in most states, up to $13,345 in Queensland.

* People aged over 60 with chronic illness are discouraged from leaving their homes unless essential for medical care.

* All elective surgery in public facilities put on hold.

* People will be able to access Medicare-funded online consultations.

* NSW pharmacies can now operate 24/7 and dispense medicines without a prescription from a GP.

* Pinprick blood tests which detect COVID-19 in minutes to be imported within days.

* SA to produce 100 million surgical and respirator masks.

* Still open: supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, public transport, some schools, hairdressers, petrol stations, postal and freight services, bottle shops, newsagents, retail shops. Restaurants restricted to take-away/delivery in most states.

* Closed: schools in Victoria and ACT, gyms, indoor sports venues, pubs, cinemas, nightclubs, casinos, places of worship, theme parks, auction houses, food courts in shopping centres, beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlours, galleries, museums, libraries, youth centres, community halls, clubs, RSL clubs, swimming pools, amusement parks, arcades, indoor and outdoor play centres, social sports that involve large groups, outdoor and indoor markets, outdoor playgrounds, outdoor gyms, skate parks.

* School holidays in Queensland, SA and WA also brought forward with only children of parents who have essential jobs allowed to stay.

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KEY QUOTE

* "There are thousands of people, potentially, in cruise ships off our coasts that aren't members of our state and if we take them in ... all the hard work we've done could be over." - NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller, after NSW banned all cruise ship passengers from disembarking.

SPORT

* The Tokyo Olympic Games have been rescheduled to begin July 23, 2021

* Rugby Australia will stand down 75 per cent of its staff with the remainder to take a hefty pay cut

* The AFL has secured a $500 million line of credit from banks so the league can continue operating through the coronavirus crisis.

* NRL clubs will receive just $2.5 million each from the governing body to survive the coronavirus crisis if the season doesn't resume this year.

* The AFL, NRL, A-league soccer, Super Rugby and netball competitions are postponed.

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ECONOMICS

* Federal government's economic and health support packages total $320 billion, equating to 16.4 per cent of gross domestic product.

* The Australian share market has swung a wrecking ball at early strong gains with the S&P/ASX200 benchmark index falling 2.02 per cent to close at 5,076.8. The All Ordinaries index also dropped 1.61 per cent, to 5,110.6

* Moratorium on renters being evicted for the next six months. Commercial renters will see new rules released in coming days.

* Major retailers including Myer, Premier Investment and Country Road have closed retail shops, but continue to trade online.

* Virgin Australia is seeking a $1.4 billion bailout from the federal government, while its subsidiary TigerAir will make more than 200 pilots redundant.

* Economists predict unemployment will soar above 10 per cent by Easter.

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GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS

* Cases: at least 785,807

* Deaths: at least 37,820

* Recovered: at least 165,659

*Source: State and federal government updates and worldometer website at 1730 AEDT

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