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Latest snapshot of the coronavirus

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LATEST NEWS ABOUT COVID-19:

NUMBERS*

* Confirmed cases in Australia: 1709

* New cases: 313 since 3pm, March 22

* Australian deaths: seven (six in NSW, one in WA)

* Social distancing: one person per four square metres

* Groups over 100 banned

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MEASURES

* Border controls come into effect in SA and WA today, Queensland tomorrow. Already in place in Tasmania (freight and essential travel excepted)

* Non-essential travel should cease

* Non-essential services urged to close

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

* Elective surgery delayed in WA, NT, but ramped up in Victoria and NSW

* Parents urged to keep children home in NSW, Queensland

* Closed: schools in Victoria and the ACT, gyms, indoor sports venues, bars, cinemas, nightclubs, casinos, some places of worship, theme parks

* Updated testing guidelines expected to be announced soon

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COMMENT

* Quote: "What we saw yesterday was heartbreaking." - Social Services Minister Ann Ruston on the queues outside Centrelink offices.

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SPORT

* IOC expected to announce soon that this year's Tokyo Olympic Games will be postponed

* The NRL has joined the AFL and suspended its season indefinitely

* Soccer, Super Rugby and netball domestic competition postponed

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ECONOMICS

* Finance: The ASX200 has closed down 5.6 per cent, to 4,546 while the All Ordinaries index plunged 5.98 per cent to 4475.8

* Parliament has passed two packages worth $17.6 billion and $66 billion in response to the outbreak of the virus

* The IMF predicts a recesion worse than the GFC, but says there'll be a recovery in 2021

* Queensland to reveal $3 billion rescue package on Tuesday

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GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS

* Cases: more than 373,648

* Deaths: more than 16,319

* Recovered: at least 101,507

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* Source: Australian Department of Health website at 1500 March 23.

© AAP 2020

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