Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced every traveller entering Australia next week will be forced into 14-day quarantines as the federal government takes control of closed hotels to isolate the most unsafe source of COVID-19.
The measure "enables us to deal with the increasing pressure we have of Australians coming home", Morrison said. "What is important, that vulnerable families, that parents who have jobs, and as I have said to you what is an essential job - a job that someone has if they are in a position where they can not provide the suitable arrangements for their children to learn at home, then I am assured that no child would be turned away under those circumstances".
"We need to see it keep taking place, all around the country".
By far the greatest source of infection in Australia is travellers returning from overseas, Mr Morrison said.
'These are unprecedented times, and we will continue to take decisive actions to support households and the small business community, ' CBA chief executive Matt Comyn said.More news: Michel Hidalgo dies: The man who masterminded France's 'Carre Magique'
Police in New South Wales this week said they found a 65-year-old woman breaking quarantine twice after returning from Bali.
Mr Morrison said the national cabinet was also briefed about the economic impact of the virus.
The Australian Defence Force would also be deployed to help enforce the self-isolation rules, Morrison said. "For many others, this has been devastating".
"By you getting on board with the changes you have needed to make, this means we can target our efforts even more into these areas, where we believe the most critical concern is right now".
"We are in two fights - battling this virus and battling the economic crisis caused as a result of coronavirus".More news: Death toll in Italy from coronavirus exceeds 8,000
"Every day someone is in a job for just another day is worth fighting for".
Movement in major city centres has dropped 80 per cent in the past two weeks, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said today, while flagging development of a policy to hibernate businesses until the COVID-19 pandemic is over. "We don't want them to be so saddled by debt and rental payments and other liabilities that they can't start again on the other side", he said.
"I can assure you I would rather be in Australia more than in any other country in the world today".
"The ADF will be there to put boots on the ground", Morrison said.
The flood of new cases from a particular cruise ship that was allowed to dock in Sydney last week - the Ruby Princess - had not helped matters, Murphy added.More news: TDSB working to develop curriculum plans if school closures extend
"We are pretty confident with the testing regime, but we're not kidding ourselves. That's why social distancing so important for the long haul, for several months, that every citizen complies with", Professor Murphy said.