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Coronavirus NSW live updates: Emergency laws introduced to parliament

Coronavirus NSW live updates: Emergency laws introduced to parliament

The state government is seeking to give police greater power to take action against those who breach COVID-19 quarantine orders in an emergency bill to be introduced to NSW Parliament today. It follows the biggest overnight rise in cases across the state with 149 more people diagnosed with the virus. LIVE UPDATES

The state government will introduce an emergency bill to parliament today seeking to give police more power to crack down on COVID-19 quarantine breaches.

The measure is one of several proposed amendments after NSW recorded its biggest overnight spike in coronavirus cases.

149 people were diagnosed in the past day bringing the state tally to 818.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian described the rise as a "substantial increase" and flagged stricter lockdown measures if the spread can't be reduced.

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