The New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard said today there are now 1,791 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the State.

That’s an increase of 174 since yesterday.

Yesterday the NSW Premier said there were 170 cases of coronavirus community transmission in NSW.

There have now been eight deaths and there are 24 people in Intensive Care Units across the city.

There are now nearly 4,000 cases across Australia.

Act like you have Covid-19

“Every single person in NSW should be behaving today as if they have COVID-19. As if they have it,” Hazzard said.

“Stay away from anybody, 1.5 metres away. Not that hard to ask. Not an indefinite request. It may go on for months but it is not indefinite, and will keep you, your loved ones and others safe.”

Growth of COVID-19 cases by nation and Australian State.

Travellers in mandatory quarantine

Australians returning from overseas are now filling hotel rooms in Sydney.

Bus loads of arrivals have been taken on buses from Sydney Airport to hotels including the Ibis and Novotel Hotels in Darling Harbour, ABC News 24 reported.

“Everyone person who comes into NSW must now go in to quarantine in a hotel and if any way they try to avoid that, they run the risk of a $11,000 fine and a six-month jail term,” the NSW Health Minister said.

People still not following social distancing rules

The NSW Minister said he was upset at a minority of people not following the lockdown rules of the Covid-19 crisis.

“I cannot tell you how disappointed I am that there is a relatively small, but very significant section of the community, who think that the world is as it was in 2019. It is not. It is not,” he said.

“It is crucial, it is crucial, that you listen to the health advice. And the health advice is that you must socially distance. You must.”

Coronavirus Update: NSW Health

Coronavirus Update: There are 174 new cases of coronavirus in New South Wales.NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller and NSW Health’s Dr Vicky Sheppeard provide an update on COVID-19 in the state.More: #7NEWS

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