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Coronavirus update

By Yarrawonga Chronicle

Moira Shire has seven confirmed COVID-19 cases and Federation Council area remains at six.

The total number of coronavirus cases in Victoria is 1036 (an increase of 68 from yesterday) and in NSW there are a total 2,298 confirmed cases (an increase of 116).

Yesterday a woman in her seventies died in hospital, taking the number of people who have died in Victoria from coronavirus to five.  Ten people have died in NSW as of today.

More than 49,000 tests have been conducted to date in Victoria. In NSW 105,543 have been tested.

Authorities remind people there are only four reasons you should leave your home: food and supplies, medical care and care giving, exercise, and work or education.

All people arriving from any international destination must also self-isolate for 14 days as per Commonwealth Government direction. All travellers returning from overseas will be placed in enforced quarantine for the self-isolation period of 14 days.

Victoria Police have strong powers to enforce these directions and can issue on the spot fines, including up to $1652 for individuals and up to $9913 for businesses. Under the State of Emergency people who don’t comply could also be taken to court and receive a fine of up to $20,000. Companies face fines of up to $100,000.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said these are unprecedented times. The threat of coronavirus to public health is real and everyone must take social distancing seriously.

“Everyone who’s unwell must isolate themselves and everyone who’s been told they’re in quarantine either as a returned traveller or close contact must do so,” Professor Sutton said.

“Social distancing will save lives. Everyone needs to comply with restrictions in place to keep yourself, your loved ones and the whole community safe.

“Our message is clear: if you can stay home, you must stay home.”

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services’ has a hotline for public information on COVID-19 which is 1800 675 398 in ring NSW 1800 022 222

Further information is also available at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus or www.health.nsw.gov.au/coronavirus.