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LATEST NEWS ABOUT COVID-19:

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NUMBERS

* Confirmed cases in Australia: 5,795

* Australian deaths: 40 (18 in NSW, 10 in Vic, four in Qld, four in WA, two in Tas, two in ACT).

12 were passengers on the Ruby Princess.

* A quarter of all deaths were in the past two days.

* 96 people are in intensive care, including people in their 30s. 35 on ventilators.

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

* 291,000 people have been tested

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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 at least a year.

* The federal government has arranged commercial flights to rescue more than 400 Australians trapped in South America, for $2550 per person.

* 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, 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.

* 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.

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

* Popular NSW and Queensland beaches including Manly, Surfer's Paradise, Coolangatta and Dee Why will be closed from Tuesday morning, after Sydney's Bondi Beach was shut last week.

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

* Backpackers heading to farm jobs will be forced to self-isolate for 14 days.

* 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

* "The peak in terms of the daily cases indeed was last week or the week before, at the moment...whether that is the final peak, I can't really say at this stage, it's speculation." - Deputy chief medical officer Paul Kelly said on Monday the curve had flattened but couldn't predict if rates will stay down.

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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.

* UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson set to be back at work soon after being admitted to hospital.

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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 4.33 per cent to close at 5,286.8 on Monday. The All Ordinaries also closed higher with a 4.24 per cent increase to 5,323.6.

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

* Caltex Australia will bring forward and extend the shutdown of its Lytton oil refinery as global demand plummets.

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GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS

* Cases: at least 1,274,938

* Deaths: at least 69,498

* Recovered: at least 265,883

*Source: State and federal government updates and Johns Hopkins website at 1730 AEST

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