Scott Morrison has effectively banned the collection of more than two people across Australia to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.
The Prime Minister addressed the nation from the Blue Chamber of Parliament on Sunday evening after meeting with the cabinet.
He also strongly advised that everyone over 70 stay at home for their own safety, except for a daily walk in the fresh air.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said a week ago that the number of virus infections was 25 to 30 percent per day, but has slowed to about 13-15 percent in recent days
Australia has 3,929 cases, increasing by the hour, with 16 deaths and 242 convalescent patients
Mr Morrison said earlier on Sunday that half of Australians caught the corona virus as a week ago with borders, pubs and restaurants closed.
He said the number of virus infections was 25 to 30 percent per day, but has slowed to about 13-15 percent in the last few days.
“There are still strong increases, no doubt about that,” he said on Sunday.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 3,980
New South Wales: 1791
South Australia: 299
Western Australia: 311
Australian Capital Territory: 77
Northern Territory: 15
TOTAL CASES: 3,980
“But if we take the measures we have taken and implemented and we have the cooperation of the Australian people, it will of course have consequences for the way we control the spread of the virus.”
Australia has 3,980 cases, increasing by the hour, but only a handful in intensive care units or on ventilators and 242 patients have recovered.
Victoria registered a big jump in cases that brought the state’s total to 769 overnight. NSW rose to 1,791 – more than double that of all other states.
Business in the country rose by 340 on Sunday evening.
Australia recorded the largest daily increase of 460 cases on Saturday and 370 and 378 the two days before.
At that time, however, the total climbed by more than 1,000, so each day was a smaller percentage increase than the previous one.
Community broadcast cases at NSW exploded last week, and Victoria began to see an early wave of business from an unknown source.
Two older coronavirus patients died on Sunday, including one of the infamous cruise ship Ruby Princess, bringing the death toll to 16 in Australia.
The 75-year-old passenger died at Caboolture Hospital in Queensland, 10 days after she got off the boat in Sydney Harbor.
Two more older coronavirus patients have died, including one of the infamous cruise ship Ruby Princess (pictured), bringing the death toll to 16 in Australia
More than 100 infected travelers were allowed to leave the ship without any control and traveled to their home country – revealing thousands along the way.
The other victim was a man in his eighties who died in a Melbourne hospital.
More than 3,000 people still arrive in Australia every day, as citizens can continue to return while borders are closed to foreigners.
They were transported to makeshift quarantine facilities while the government turns to public policy to fight the corona virus.
With two-thirds of cases in the country of or closely associated with foreign travelers, empty luxury hotels and other accommodation services are used to ensure that no more travelers have an opportunity to spread the disease.
In Brisbane, passengers arriving from Bali were put on waiting buses to be taken to their quarantine hotels
The military was called in to ensure the smooth transition on the first day of the new policy, escorting returning travelers to buses for a 14-day quarantine
The NSW police urged friends and families to stay away from Sydney Airport, saying that those who are quarantined cannot see or communicate with their loved ones.
The first group to be expelled from the airport and boarded a bus had just landed from Tokyo.
When asked if they were shocked by Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s new rules, a woman replied “no.”
However, she said she was shocked to see so many army officers patrolling the area.
Returned travelers will experience their 14 days of quarantine in state-funded hotel rooms, with doors guarded by state police, defense personnel, or private security guards.