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NSW cases hit 1219 as heavier lockdown looms

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NSW COVID-19 cases have risen to 1219, with 190 new positive tests overnight, and the state appears to be heading for tighter social distancing restrictions and a heavier police presence.

New South Wales COVID-19 cases have risen to 1219, with 190 new positive tests overnight, and the state appears to be heading for tighter social distancing restrictions and a heavier police presence.

At 8.30am today, the death toll in NSW sat at seven with 16 people seriously ill in ICU.

During her regular morning briefing Premier Gladys Berejiklian hinted she was ready to roll out more stringent measures in the state.

A passenger of the Ruby Princess who tested positive to COVID-19 has died, with authorities now investigating how the ship docked and cleared the border.

Residents will see police "ramping up their presence" around ports, cities and particularly rural and regional communities to monitor people who may be flouting self-isolation guidelines.

NSW Police will hit anyone breaching self-isolation rules with on-the-spot fines of $1000. New laws will also allow police to fine or even jail people for breaching social distancing requirements.

"We are at a stage in the virus where we do have to reduce the spread. We have to see the number of cases transmitted in the community reduced," Ms Berejiklian said.

Following the Ruby Princess cruise ship debacle, which has led to a big spike in cases in the state, Ms Berejiklian issued an immediate blanket ban on passengers leaving cruise liners.

"Nobody will be getting off a ship in NSW" until further notice, she said.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian at a media briefing on Thursday, where it was declared NSW COVID-19 cases have risen to 1219, with 190 new positive tests overnight.How the Ruby Princess docked in Sydney, and where infected passengers travelled after leaving giant cruise liner.

In response to rising cases in the state, Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant said NSW has one of the highest rates of testing in Australia.

"That gives me confidence that we have put everything in place to detect places in the community," she said.

Dr Chant said more resources have been diverted to expanding the state's track and trace operations.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-nsw-cases-hit-1219-as-heavier-lockdown-police-presence-looms/726fc0b0-5ed2-450c-8cec-df7b4ce9ab1f

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