Australia’s biggest state is shutting down all “non-essential services”

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People wearing face masks, amid concerns of the COVID-19 coranavirus, walk past a retail store in Sydney on March 19, 2020. - Australia's central bank cut interest rates to record lows and moved to pump billions into the financial system on March 19, in an emergency bid to pull the economy out of a pandemic-induced free-fall. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP) (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The Australian state of New South Wales will shut down all “non-essential services” in an attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.”Tonight I will be informing the National Cabinet that NSW will proceed to a more comprehensive shutdown of non-essential services,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said in a statement Sunday. 

Essential services and stores, such as petrol stations, convenience stores and pharmacies, will remain open. The shutdown will take place over the next 48 hours.

Sydney — Australia’s biggest city — is the capital of New South Wales.

New South Wales has 469 confirmed novel coronavirus cases, the highest of all Australian states. Australia has more than 1,000 cases of coronavirus.

Source: CNN News

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