Australia's big four banks will suspend small business loan repayments for six months to guard against the economic tsunami of the coronavirus pandemic.
Another 40 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Queensland.That brings the total number of cases to 184 as government and health officials urge Queenslanders to take seriously their advice.
As the nation prepares to shut its borders, Australians are being told to keep their distance from each other to stem the spread of coronavirus.
DEATHS, INFECTIONS* The virus has infected more than 245,000 people across the world and the death toll exceeds 10,028.
A TIMELINE OF THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK* Dec 31 - China informs the World Health Organisation of a mysterious pneumonia cluster linked to a fish market in the city of Wuhan, Hubei province.
An Australian man has died in Iceland, with local authorities investigating whether he was infected with coronavirus.
School students will not face national literacy and numeracy testing in 2020 because of the spread of coronavirus.
Restaurant owners across Brisbane are morphing into makeshift delivery drivers in a bid to keep their businesses afloat.
The Northern Territory has recorded its second case of coronavirus and first involving a Territory resident.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he expects the closure of the US-Canada border to take effect overnight on Friday and is working with domestic carriers to bring home citizens stranded overseas.