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Coronavirus news and live updates: Coronavirus cases top 300,000

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Tourists walk along Circular Quay in Sydney on March 20.
Tourists walk along Circular Quay in Sydney on March 20. Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images

Australia has more than 1,000 coronavirus cases, and the country is introducing a number of measures to deal with the outbreak.

Here's what has been happening in Australia:

Sydney's home state shuts non-essential services: New South Wales — the state where Sydney is located — will close most services and businesses to try to slow the spread of the virus. Essential services, such as petrol stations, convenience stores and pharmacies, will stay open. New South Wales has 469 confirmed cases, the highest of any Australian state. 

A new economic support package: Australia has announced a second support package, this time worth $38 billion, to help households and businesses.

Another state gets tough: South Australia's Premier Steven Marshall said Sunday that a spike in confirmed cases from travelers entering the state had “forced our decision to close our borders in South Australia.” But while Marshall called it a border closure, in fact the state is still open — arrivals will just need to self-isolate for 14 days. The new measures will be “progressively enforced between now and 4pm on Tuesday.”

Meanwhile, elsewhere: Northern Territory and the island state of Tasmania require all travelers to self-isolate for 14-days upon entry. Tasmania is offering one-off payments of $250 for individuals, or up to $1,000 for families, required to self-isolate.

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