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Beaches in Sydney, regional NSW closed

Bondi Beach is one of several NSW surf spots to temporarily close after footage of people packing onto its famous sands amid the coronavirus pandemic drew condemnation.

Lockdowns increase globally as virus hits

Major streets and highways were deserted in many parts of the world on Saturday as curfews and lockdowns multiplied in the face of a rapidly advancing virus that is severely straining many health systems.

Budgets now would be meaningless: Andrews

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has backed the postponement of federal and state budget updates, saying they would be "largely meaningless" given the uncertainty of the coronavirus impact on the Australian economy.

NY, California impose toughest curbs yet

As US leaders from Congress and the White House toil in high-stakes negotiations on a mammoth $US1 ($A1.7) trillion-plus economic rescue package, President Donald Trump unleashed fury on those questioning his handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

NZ coronavirus cases jump again

New Zealand has introduced a four-level alert system to improve public communication as the COVID-19 outbreak reaches a critical point.