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Restaurant booking website OpenTable has released data which shows the chilling impact that Covid-19 is having on restaurant bookings.

The site shows the growth rate in bookings compared with the same day last year. In early March, Australian bookings had been fairly stable year on year. On 15 March they were only down 12% (where global bookings were down 47%).

As of March 22, before they were ordered shut, bookings were down 66%, while globally they were down 99%, with Australia lagging most of the world by four days.