The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in NSW have soared past 1,000, with those infected including two children under the age of 10.

NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant said the number of cases confirmed in NSW was now sitting at 1,029. In the 24-hours to 8pm yesterday, there were 212 new cases confirmed in NSW.

A two-month-old baby and a seven-year-old child were included in that number. Both children contracted the novel coronavirus from adults, and both have mild symptoms and are isolating at home.

They are the first cases of coronavirus infecting children under the age of 10 in NSW.

There are now more than 2,000 cases confirmed in Australia. Last night, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a strict new set of social distancing measures to combat the spread of disease, including a limit of five people at weddings, 10 people at funerals, and no more than 30-minute haircuts. Shopping centre food courts are being closed for eat-in, and all fast food outlets, cafes, bars and restaurants are operating for takeaway only.

If you think you may have coronavirus, either call your doctor (DON’T visit) or contact the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080. If you’re struggling to breathe or experiencing a medical emergency, call 000.

And please remember to wash your hands frequently (for at least 20 seconds) and keep at least 1.5 metres between you and those around you.