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The hotspots for coronavirus cases in Australia have been revealed to be in New South Wales and Victoria as both states consider more severe lockdown.

The hotbeds of coronavirus infection in New South Wales and Victoria have been revealed as both states consider more severe shutdown measures in coming days.

The highest number of COVID-19 infections in NSW – which has recorded the most confirmed cases and deaths in the country – have been diagnosed in Waverley Council in Sydney's Eastern suburbs, according to new data from NSW Health.

The area is home to iconic Bondi Beach, which along with neighbouring Bronte, Tamarama and Clovelly, was closed last Friday as thousands flouted social distancing restrictions on the sand.

Data shows 105 cases in Waverley Council, with Sydney CBD and the northern beaches coming second and third with 69 and 68 cases respectively.

NSW hotspots for coronavirus

Of those 1405 cases in the state, NSW Health reported on Friday that 278 are locally acquired cases, which is of most concern for the government.

The health department also reported that 19 COVID-19 patients are currently receiving treatment in ICU.

Victoria has the second-highest amount of confirmed coronavirus cases in Australia at 574.

The Stonnington Council area, which includes suburbs like Toorak and South Yarra, have the most cases in the state with 57 patients.

The Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne CBD are not close behind with 36 and 38 cases respectively.

Victoria hotspots for coronavirus

With the number of Australian coronavirus cases growing at a faster rate in recent days, after the nation's state and federal governments meet again today, Nine News understands that NSW and Victoria are "prepared to go it alone" by breaking away from the Commonwealth and bring in stricter lockdown measures.

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This could happen as early as tomorrow.

Suburb shutdowns are possible, however it's more likely that statewide lockdowns will take place.

In such a situation it's expected that essential services like banks, petrol stations, post offices, supermarkets and pharmacies would remain open - everything else, would be closed.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the government was "looking very closely" at the impact of Monday's shutdowns on pubs, cinemas and churches.

If they weren't sufficient, further action would be taken.

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NSW Chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said the full effect of the second stage of shutdowns - in place from Thursday - wouldn't be known for some days.

"It does take us at least seven and possibly 14 days to really get a picture. Remember we also have to take out the fact we have returning travellers come in with disease," she said.

Five people in NSW were handed infringement notices on Thursday for flouting coronavirus public health orders.

Police have the power to hand out fines of $1000 to individuals and $5000 to businesses that breach public health orders or ministerial directions.

Ms Berejiklian, meanwhile, confirmed 292 Australians who had disembarked from the Norwegian Jewel cruise ship in the United States and flown home were in isolation in a Sydney CBD hotel.

They were escorted to the hotel by border authorities upon arrival, while five passengers with respiratory symptoms were taken to hospital.

- with AAP

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How is coronavirus transmitted?

The human coronavirus is only spread from someone infected with COVID-19 to another. This occurs through close contact with an infected person through contaminated droplets spread by coughing or sneezing, or by contact with contaminated hands or surfaces.

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What are the symptoms of someone infected with coronavirus?

Coronavirus patients may experience flu like symptoms such as a fever, cough, runny nose, or shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia with severe acute respiratory distress.

What is the difference between COVID-19 and the flu?

The symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu are very similar, as they both can cause fever and respiratory issues.

Both infections are also transmitted the same way, via coughing or sneezing, or by contact with hands, surfaces or objects contaminated with the virus.

The speed of transmission and the severity of the infection are the key differences between COVID-19 and the flu.

The time from infection to the appearance of symptoms is typically shorter with the flu. However, there are higher proportions of severe and critical COVID-19 infections.

Source: 9News

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