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Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

LATEST NEWS ABOUT COVID-19:

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NUMBERS

* Confirmed cases in Australia: 6,013

* Australian deaths: 50 (21 in NSW, 12 in Vic, four in Qld, six in WA, three in Tas, two in ACT, two in SA).

13 were passengers on the Ruby Princess.

* Daily infection rates have fallen to just two per cent, with the highest per population in Tasmania, with four per cent.

* 2813 people have recovered

* 730,000 businesses have registered for the JobKeeper scheme

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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 scheme providing coronavirus-affected businesses $1500 a fortnight to pass onto employees over six months.

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

* Small businesses with a turnover of up to $50 million will be protected from eviction and have their rent reduced in line with falls in revenue under state-enforced legislation.

* The ATO will make it easier to claim working from home deductions with an 80 cents per hour flat rate for expenses from March 1 to June 30.

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

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

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

* Queensland will confine new and transferring prisoners to their cells for 14 days.

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

* People risk being fined by police if caught travelling for non-essential reasons over Easter.

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

* Victims of domestic violence in NSW will be told if their alleged abuser is granted bail as more offenders are being released to reduce overcrowding in prisons.

* Tasmania has banned visits to hospitals and aged care homes for two weeks.

* Still open: supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, public transport, some schools, hairdressers, petrol stations, postal and freight services, bottle shops, newsagents, retail shops. Restaurants restricted to takeaway/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

* "It's weirder getting out...you feel like an inmate that's been in jail and now you've been released." - Gold Coast woman Christine Cooper, on being released from a Sydney hotel after 14 days in mandatory quarantine.

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OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

* The record $130 billion JobKeeper program is set to pass into law late on Wednesday, providing support for six million workers for up to six months.

* The first 288 Australians quarantined in a Sydney CBD hotel have left to return to their homes.

* NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says tough social distancing restrictions will be reviewed on a month-by-month basis.

* All cruise ships will leave Queensland waters by midnight Wednesday.

* NSW Police have started to investigate whether Australian or NSW biosecurity laws were breached when passengers on the Ruby Princess were allowed to disembark in March.

* UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 55, is stable after his second night in intensive care after receiving oxygen support for COVID-19 complications.

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SPORT

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

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ECONOMICS

* The sharemarket has dipped in the final minutes of trade with the S&P/ASX200 down 0.86 per cent to close at 5,206.9 points on Wednesday while the All Ordinaries fell 0.8 per cent to 5,258.8.

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

* Australia's AAA credit rating is at risk after global agency Standard & Poor's lowered the nation's outlook from stable to negative.

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GLOBAL CORONAVIRUS

* Cases: at least 1,432,373

* Deaths: at least 82,114

* Recovered: at least 302,288

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

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