All international arrivals in Australia will have to self-isolate for two weeks
All international arrivals into Australia will be forced to self-isolate for 14 days in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced.
"This is very important. What we have seen in recent weeks is more countries having issues with the virus and that means that the source of some of those transitions are coming – transmissions are coming from those countries," he said.
He added that social distancing measures are now required in a bid to reduce the spread of the illness.
He added: "There will be no more handshakes…which was something that was not needed a few weeks ago. It is a precautionary step."
He said leaders will restrict the amount of travel they do as well as how many events they will be attending.
Mr Morrison has also announced that cruise ships will be banned from docking in Australian ports for at least 30 days.
It comes days after Formula One and the FIA confirmed that the sport's season curtain raiser in Melbourne has been postponed over fears of coronavirus.
The opening race of the season was due to take place in Melbourne however has now been called off.
McLaren had already withdrawn from the opening Formula One race of the season after a team member tested positive for coronavirus.
An Australian woman with coronavirus this week urged people to 'calm down' after saying she didn't even know she'd picked up the virus and that it just feels like jet lag.
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