Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declared a "human biosecurity emergency", giving the government the power to close off cities or regions, impose curfews and order people to quarantine, if seen as necessary to contain the spread of the virus.
Official travel advice, as we reported earlier, has been raised to an unprecedented "Level 4: Do not travel" to any country in the world. Any non-essential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people have also been banned.
"Life is changing in Australia, as it is changing all around the world," Morrison said during a televised news conference. "Life is going to continue to change, as we deal with the global coronavirus. This is a once-in-a-hundred-year-type event."
Australia has recorded approximately 425 coronavirus infections and five deaths.