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Coronavirus disease ‘COVID-19’ is a type of coronavirus that caused a global outbreak. The disease causes respiratory illness and symptoms include pneumonia and bronchitis. It can be caught from viral particles and be detected through cough, difficulties to breath and fever. These symptoms can appear as far as 14 days after exposure.
It was first reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a pneumonia of unknown cause in Wuhan, China on 31 December 2019. Further investigations led WHO to declare a global health emergency on 30th of January 2020. Prime Minister Scott Morrison activated an emergency response plan on 27th February as it entered a pandemic phase. On 12 March 2020 WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.
The outbreak has impacted significant aspects of everyday lives including travel, work, entertainment such as sporting events, concerts and festivals cancelled, education and school closures, economy, financial markets and fears of a recession.
See the site navigation above for important health and safety information to keep you and your family safe. Check this page for latest news updates and breaking headlines on the coronavirus ‘COVID-19’. A historical timeline of events can be viewed on the WHO website.
There are strict rules as to what constitutes a recovery from the coronavirus and it can take weeks.
Australia will ban any non-citizens from entering the country from tomorrow night to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
A Sydney childcare centre has closed while one of its attendees undergoes testing for coronavirus.
Australia will close its borders to all non-residents in the latest measure to stop the importation of coronavirus, Scott Morrison has announced.
Streets deserted, airports empty, residents inside as shutdown spreads across the globe
The Victorian Government has announced $437 million in funding will be injected into public hospitals in a bid to tackle the amounting pressure to the state’s health system as coronavirus cases surge.
A Mooloolaba Triathlon competitor has tested positive for coronavirus following the event, organisers confirm.
Teachers have pleaded with the Australian Government to consider their health and shut schools down as they reveal what it’s like to care for hundreds of students in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
The coronavirus driving the current pandemic can live on plastic and stainless steel surfaces for up to three days, researchers say in a study published as a letter to the editor in the New England Journal of Medicine.
A contractor working at the Kangaroo Point detention centre in Brisbane tests positive to COVID-19, Australian Border Force confirms.
The University of Melbourne has confirmed one of its staff members has tested positive for coronavirus.
A new rule to stop people stockpiling and panic buying certain medicines has been announced amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The event was between the University of Sydney and University of Queensland rugby clubs at the football ground function room on Saturday.
A supermarket in country Victoria will check customer IDs before allowing entrance into the store, in a desperate attempt to prevent coronavirus panic buying from people who don’t live in the area.
Scientists and governments across the globe are scrambling to improve coronavirus testing technology, with a new British trial hailed a “game-changer”.
Online retailers are clamouring for business as shopping centre numbers are tipped to plunge.
A cruise ship has been denied permission to disembark in Melbourne as health officials board to test a number of passengers with flu-like symptoms.
Donald Trump has invoked rarely used emergency powers to marshal critical medical supplies against the coronavirus pandemic.
As countries around the world scramble to close their borders and ports, hundreds of Australians remain on cruise ships with no certainty of how they’ll be able to get back home.
Qantas will stand the majority of its 30,000 staff until the end of May as the airline grapples with the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
What changing travel bans and flight restrictions could mean for you if you are in Australia on a temporary visa.
Tasmania will enforce 14-day quarantines for all non-essential travellers entering the state from the mainland.
Information and technology sectors are booming with the rise of working remotely from home.
As the world continues to grapple with coronavirus, the pandemic is having some unexpected side effects.
US President Donald Trump and a top health official have cautioned young people to heed the advice to socially distance and be wary of the coronavirus pandemic, even though they do not fall in the highest risk groups.
The New York Stock Exchange is temporarily closing trading floors and moving to fully electronic trading next week to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Police will now be patrolling Australian supermarkets in the latest attempt to quell the panic buying fever.
Coronavirus has become a ‘get out of jail’ card for hundreds of low-level inmates across the US, with inmates fearful of their health in packed cells.
As death tolls in Italy rose by 475, their highest single-day number, head of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a digital media briefing that the virus is “an enemy against humanity”.
Apple — known for its splashy product launch events — showed off new flagship devices in a virtual presentation.
All schools in the UK will close from tomorrow amid the spreading coronavirus pandemic and a rising death toll.
US President Donald Trump defended his use of the term “China virus” to describe Covid-19, saying he uses the phrase because China tried to blame its spread on the American military.
The US President has announced a raft of economic measures aimed at helping the US survive the pandemic.
The US Government is planning to unleash a mega $1.7 trillion economic support package to help the nation survive the coronavirus pandemic.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has said the government is fighting for the lives of every Australian during the coronavirus pandemic.
A shopper became so enraged when a NSW supermarket ran out of flour he allegedly rammed two elderly women with a trolley before punching a female store attendant in the face.
Panic shopping turned dark in Perth’s south, with video showing people screaming at each other in the vegetable aisle at Spudshed Jankadot as supermarket hysteria hit a new low.
SA health authorities have urged the ‘worried well’ not to flock to coronavirus testing stations after a surge of people fearing they have the disease.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un acknowledged his country lacks modern medical facilities and called for urgent improvements, state media said today.
Woolworths says it will no longer be able to create an “essentials pack” for elderly customers struggling to buy supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Two thieves are on the run after breaking into a popular Brisbane restaurant and stealing cured meats, cheese and pasta.
Party politics has been put aside to respond to the COVID-19 emergency, with the ACT Government set to release its first round of economic stimulus measure.
A Melbourne childcare centre has backflipped on its decision to remain open after both parents of a child tested positive to coronavirus.
It has waived pick-up fees for restaurants on orders until June 30.
The situation in the US is deteriorating, with the party city of Las Vegas boarding up casinos as it goes into a 30-day lockdown with the rest of Nevada and joins other iconic American cities in shutting down.
Witnesses and lawyers will now provide written submissions about the 21-month-old’s death after the Queensland Coroners Court adjourned the proceedings.
Victorians who fail to abide by the state’s new mass gatherings ban of more than 100 people will face fines of up to $20,000.
Royal Darwin Hospital specialist anaesthetist Andrew Fenton has joined forces with other medical directors, requesting the Northern Territory’s Chief Health Officer Hugh Heggie take immediate action on coronavirus before it’s too late.
The Aussie dollar is buying 60 US cents in a new low point for the local currency.
A church in South Korea has spurred a new outbreak of coronavirus amongst its worshippers, after a church official used the same bottle to spray saltwater into dozens of mouths during a religious service.