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Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

LATEST NEWS ABOUT COVID-19:

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NUMBERS

* Confirmed cases in Australia: 5692

* Australian deaths: 38 (18 in NSW, eight in Vic, five in Qld, three in WA, two in Tas, two in ACT).

Eleven were passengers on the Ruby Princess.

* 91 people are in intensive care. 33 on ventilators.

* It's estimated more than 2000 people have recovered.

* 291,000 people have been tested

* The number of global coronavirus cases has passed one and a quarter million.

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MEASURES

* The federal government has committed $320 billion, or 16.4 per cent of gross domestic product, to combat the virus' health and economic effects.

* A $130 billion JobKeeper program to subsidise wages at $1500 a fortnight for six million workers, for up to six months. Parliament set to approve on Wednesday.

* All registered charities will be able to access the JobKeeper program if they experience a 15 per cent decline in turnover.

* Casual workers will only be able to access the JobKeeper payment if they've been linked to a single employer for 12 months or more.

* Welfare recovery scheme robo-debt has been frozen for six months.

* Free child care for people still in paid work in a $1.6 billion package to childcare centres.

* All Australians must continue practising social distancing and stay at home unless going out for essentials or exercise.

* People aged over 60 with chronic illness are discouraged from leaving their homes unless they need medical care.

* NSW will establish a new disaster preparedness and recovery agency called Resilience NSW which will be headed by NSW Rural Fire Services chief, Shane Fitzsimmons.

* Victoria to spend $20 million on hotel rooms for health workers who need to self-isolate.

* Social distancing rules have been eased to allow churches to organise Easter service broadcasts and webcasts.

* Australians returning home from overseas must be quarantined for two weeks in hotels or other accommodation before being allowed home.

* Australians, excluding aid workers and compassionate cases, are banned from international travel.

* Backpackers travelling to farms for fruit-picking and other jobs will be forced to self-isolate for 14 days to avoid spreading coronavirus.

* All states are telling people no one should travel for the Easter holidays.

* A new health advisory group will develop a care plan for people with disabilities.

* South Australia is fast-tracking the graduation of new paramedics and the recruitment of triple zero operators.

* SA Health has produced a book for children to help them understand the pandemic.

* The federal government has announced a $5 million package to help keep rural and regional newspapers afloat.

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

* Closed: schools in Victoria and ACT, gyms, indoor sports venues, pubs, cinemas, nightclubs, casinos, places of worship, theme parks, auction houses, food courts in shopping centres, beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, spas and tattoo parlours, galleries, museums, libraries, youth centres, community halls, clubs, RSL clubs, swimming pools, amusement parks, arcades, indoor and outdoor play centres, social sports that involve large groups, outdoor and indoor markets, outdoor playgrounds, outdoor gyms, skate parks.

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KEY QUOTE

* "You have to be diligent, you can't just fulfil every requirement. The nation will put itself in a very bad position if it does that." - Barnaby Joyce arguing against spending money on everything.

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

* Scientists from Monash University have developed a test which can determine who is likely to develop coronavirus and how severe the infection will be.

* NSW Police have launched a criminal investigation into whether Australian or NSW biosecurity laws were breached when passengers on the Ruby Princess were allowed to disembark.

* The Queen has made a televised address to the British people and called on Australians to "rise to the challenge" of the coronavirus pandemic.

* UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to hospital after showing persistent symptoms of coronavirus, ten days after testing positive.

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SPORT

* The AFL, NRL, A-league soccer, Super Rugby and netball competitions are postponed.

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ECONOMICS

* The S&P/ASX200 benchmark index rose 2.12 per cent to 5,175.1 as markets opened on Monday. The All Ordinaries also opened stronger with a 2.1 per cent increase to 5,214.1.

* Moratorium on renters being evicted for the next six months. To be finalised next week.

* Westpac has revised down its forecast for a rise in the unemployment to nine per cent.

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GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS

* Cases: at least 1,272,900

* Deaths: at least 69,426

* Recovered: at least 262,331

*Source: State and federal government updates and Johns Hopkins website at 1130 AEST

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