All non-essential travel within Australia should be cancelled to help stop the spread of coronavirus, the government has urged, after border closures in several states.
The virus pandemic has advanced with the US and Europe reporting soaring new cases, prompting a scramble in some regions to set up additional hospital beds and replenish much-needed medical supplies.
Dole payments will double and casual workers and sole traders will be able to access welfare if their income drops because of the coronavirus, under an extra $66 billion being thrown at the economy.
The Morrison government has announced a series of measures to help casual workers, sole traders, retirees and those on income support as part of its second $66 billion stimulus package in the face of the coronavirus.
An elderly man has died after he was hit by a car and run over in what NSW Police say was a deliberate attack.
The Italian government is shutting down all non-essential businesses in a bid to stem the spiralling number of coronavirus infections and deaths.
The US health regulator has approved a test which could detect coronavirus in patients in about 45 minutes, according to the developer of the units.
Cases of coronavirus in Queensland have increased to 221 overnight, with an outside-of-school care worker among the additional 37 cases.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have ballooned to more than 1000 across Australia and the numbers continue to rise.
Bondi Beach is one of several NSW surf spots to temporarily close after footage of people packing onto its famous sands amid the coronavirus pandemic drew condemnation.