New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, recorded its highest daily rise in coronavirus cases on Tuesday and officials are warning of harsher penalties for anybody violating self-isolation orders.
NSW identified 149 new coronavirus cases overnight, bringing the state total to 818, and the national toll to 1,886 cases. Seven people have died from the disease.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the pandemic was at a "critical stage" and enforcement crucial.
"We are ramping up our compliance," she told reporters in Sydney. "There are harsh penalties, and we'll enforce that. We have to take this seriously."
China says only imported cases, but questions asked over reporting criteria
Caixin Global, a financial news agency in China, continues to raise questions about the way in which China is counting its coronavirus cases.
It spoke to an official in Wuhan, where the disease first originated, who says those who have the virus but have no symptoms are left out of the figures.
As of Sunday, Hubei province said it had zero new “confirmed cases” for four days. However, a member of a disease prevention team said Wuhan continues to find cases every day, but they’re left out of the public figures as the patients show no symptoms