NSW also recorded another three deaths, pushing the state’s total to 31. They include a 75-year-old man who died at St George Hospital and is a household contact of a known case, and an 80-year-old woman with pre-existing medical conditions who died at Gosford Hospital.
Her death was linked to a cluster of cases at the hospital.
The other death was a 92-year-old woman who was a resident of the Anglicare Newmarch House aged care facility in western Sydney, where a cluster of cases has emerged. She is the third person from the facility to die.
Professor Kelly also advised grandchildren wishing to visit their grandparents at nursing homes to hold off until social distancing measures are relaxed.
“Think about the digital connections, other connections that don’t entail very close contact for the time being. Let’s see how we are in a couple of weeks’ time or three weeks’ time and then there will be announcements about relaxing some of these measures and our advice.”
Meanwhile, people wishing to pay their respects on Anzac Day can do so via televised services. The Australian War Memorial’s service in Canberra starts at 5.30am, followed by a NSW service at 10am.
“We know this will be a very different Anzac Day. But I think more than ever, all of us will come to contemplate and appreciate what our Anzacs did in 1915 and what Anzac Day represents,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
“I think this Anzac Day, more than others, we’ll be able to really, really soak the significance of this momentous day.”
Acting president of RSL NSW Ray James said it was important the community comes together to pay their respects.
“It is somewhat difficult for a lot of our men and women, especially in the older age group, in this time of not being able to leave their home, so I encourage all people in the community who knows a veteran or a relative who is a veteran, and they can’t be socialising as normal, to give them a phone call and make sure they are okay,” he said.
The NSW government is encouraging people to share videos reciting The Ode and post photos on social media using the hashtag #ANZACspirit.
Meanwhile, NSW Police have charged four people under the public health act and issued 13 COVID-19 related penalty infringement notices for offences within the past 24 hours.
One case involves a 17-year-old boy who was stopped by police in Woonona, in Wollongong. The teenager allegedly told police he was visiting a friend because he was bored. The teenager had previously been issued a penalty notice on April 6 and April 15 and was subsequently issued a third $1000 fine.
Laura is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.
Sarah is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.
Michaela Whitbourn is a legal affairs reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald.