The Australian Government has been advised to cancel public gatherings of more than 500 people amidst the Coronavirus pandemic as of Monday 16 March.
According to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, this does not include schools, university lectures, public transport, or airports, and refers instead to non essential, organised gatherings.
Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy gave his recommendation today, post this morning’s cancellation of the 2020 Australian Grand Prix.
Murphy says the recommendation comes as a precautionary measure.
The Australian Government is implementing an economic response to the coronavirus, totalling $17.6 billion across the forward estimates.
The package is intended to protect the economy by maintaining confidence, supporting investment and retaining employment.
The Government is also in the process of delivering a $2.4 billion health package to protect Australians, including vulnerable groups such as the elderly, those with chronic conditions, and Indigenous communities.
More details to come.