Australian state records record 288 new coronavirus cases

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People in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire are only allowed to leave their homes to shop for food and supplies, receive or provide care, exercise, and study or work.

"We will see an increase in hospitalised and ICU cases and in deaths in the coming days because of the spike that we have seen", Sutton said.

Mr Andrews said the State's number of cases was "always going to get worse before it gets better".

'I am confident that the Prime Minister knows and understands that there will be different forms of hardship in different parts of the country, different industry, different sectors, ' he said.

Premier Daniel Andrews has today asked Victorians living in metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire to wear face masks in situations when they are leaving their home and physical distancing is not possible, to help slow the spread of coronavirus in the community. Why don't you just level with the people about what happened in quarantine?

Victoria, Australia's second-most populous state after neighboring New South Wales, has been cut off with border closures by other states.

Melbourne resident Monica Marshall said the most hard part of the new lockdown was being separated from her 91-year-old mother, who recently entered a care home.

Residents in Melbourne, which went back into lockdown at midnight on Wednesday, have to remain home for all but essential business for the next six weeks.

A line of cars snaked for hundreds of metres along the Lincoln Causeway between Wodonga in Victoria and Albury in New South Wales as 600 police braved heavy fog and temperatures of 3C to man the 1,000km border overnight and this morning.

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Camera IconNo residents tested positive at 159 Melrose St from North Melbourne.

"These restrictions have become necessary because of the sharp increase in cases", said Victoria's Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton.

The only place they attended was the Tathra Hotel.

'The risk to other patrons has been assessed as very low, ' Dr Chant said.

Previously, the highest daily state total in Australia was 212 cases recorded in NSW on 27 March. The woman's case remains under investigation.

"And if there were to be issues that presented in any of those states and territories, the best defence that we have, especially in the first instance, is that all citizens, all residents right across the country, are continuing to practice the appropriate social distancing and other measures". New Zealand has eliminated community transmission of the virus and is trying to contain cases at the border by placing new arrivals into a 14-day quarantine at various hotels.

"We're definitely at a different stage of the pandemic", NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney.

- Sri Lanka has found 196 more COVID-19 cases from a rehabilitation center for drug addicts, taking the number of infections there to 252.

"That's a relatively small contribution but one that could make a really big difference".

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