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Australia Closed To Tourists And Non-Residents As New Travel Ban Comes Into Effect

10 daily's live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic has ended for the night.

If you suspect you or a family member has COVID-19 you should call (not visit) your GP or ring the national Coronavirus Health Information Hotline on 1800 020 080.

Here's what you need to know:

  • As of 6.30am Friday (AEDT), there have been more than 236,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the world and nearly 9,800 deaths. Almost 85,000 people have recovered.
  • NSW cases have jumped by 75  to 372, which is the state's biggest spike over a 24-hour period;
  • As of 9pm AEDT Friday, Australia's borders have closed to tourists and non-residents amid a total travel ban;
  • Federal and state budgets have been delayed from May to October;
  • Small businesses will be able to apply to their banks for a six-month deferral of payments;
  • NAPLAN exams have been cancelled for this year;
  • Remote Indigenous communities have been locked down to all but essential visitors, at their request;
  • Qantas chief Alan Joyce said the pandemic will hit Australia's economy harder than the GFC.