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Corona fallout

TWO more deaths due to the Covid-19 virus were confirmed on Sunday by NSW Health, bringing the State’s total attributed to the virus to four.
A 77-year-old woman died in hospital on Friday and a 90-year-old woman died on Saturday.
While testing is continuing, 134 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed, 1,924 remain under investigation, and 20,511 people have been tested and cleared.
The impact of the virus is sending shockwaves through the community and the NSW economy with the mandatory cancellation of non-essential mass gatherings of more than 500 people.
Urging the community to do the right thing and obey the decisions and advice of the National and NSW Chief Medical Officers, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said they would “be tough if needed” to protect the wider community.
Public schools will remain open but assemblies, excursions and sports carnivals have been cancelled.
New supreme and district court jury trials will also be suspended until further notice, although jury trials already underway will continue.
Other public events to be cancelled include this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show which was due to start on April 3, speedway races and this week’s 2020 Australian Junior (U14-U18) Track and Field Championships.
The 2020 Australian Senior (U20, Open and Para) Track and Field Championships have also been postponed to a date or dates still to be determined.
While the opening games of both the NRL and AFL season are set to go ahead at this stage they will be played in empty stadiums.