— With AAP.
Australian cases jumps to nearly 250.
In Australia, there are 248 confirmed cases of the Novel coronavirus COVID-19, with 49 new infections reported in the last 24 hours. Those infected in Australia include the Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton as well as actor Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.
There has been five fatalities in Australia from the virus.
Worldwide, as of Sunday March 15, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 stands at 156,056. More than 135 countries have now reported confirmed cases.
A total of 5,821 people have died from the coronavirus, and nearly 75,000 people have made a full recovery.
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Vivid Sydney is cancelled.
This year’s Vivid light festival in Sydney has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The festival had been scheduled to run between May 22 and June 13.
The announcement comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison banned public events with more than 500 people.
“Vivid Sydney is a bright star of Sydney’s event calendar so the decision to cancel was not taken lightly,” NSW Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres said.
Donald Trump coronavirus test returns negative.
Donald Trump has tested negative for COVID-19, his doctor disclosed on Saturday night.
The president was required to be tested after his direct interactions with at least three confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Neither President Trump nor his family have reported feeling symptoms of the illness.
Despite continuing to appear at large gatherings himself, Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday: “SOCIAL DISTANCING!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2020