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China's local virus cases down

Mainland China has reported no new locally transmitted cases of coronavirus for the sixth time in eight days as Hubei province, where the virus was first detected, opened its borders.

NSW could move to lockdown, premier says

The chief health officer for NSW says it will take at least seven days for medical experts to gauge the success of widespread shutdowns implemented across Australia to tackle COVID-19.

NSW side of Qld border must close: mayors

Northern NSW residents want their side of the border with Queensland shut as well so travellers can't head south as part of the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Second virus scare for Qld Sunshine Coast

The border has shut, schools are closed and dozens more people have been exposed to coronavirus after a man who tested positive visited three bars and restaurants on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Three Victorians killed by coronavirus

Three men in their 70s have become the first Victorians to die from coronavirus and more people in the state could die from the condition in the coming days.

US Senate passes $US2 trillion relief bill

The US Senate has unanimously backed a $US2 trillion ($A3.34 trillion) bill to help unemployed workers and industries hurt by the coronavirus epidemic, as well as providing billions of dollars to buy urgently needed medical equipment.