Prime Minister Scott Morrison and state and territory leaders on Sunday agreed on medical advice to further tighten the rule around gatherings from 10 to two.
Australians have been told not to go out in public with more than one other person while all public spaces including parks, playgrounds, skateparks and outdoor gyms will be closed from midday today.
Scott Morrison has told all Australians to stay home unless they are shopping for food, receiving medical attention, for work or education purposes or for exercise.
But Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said last night there were “signs of hope” that the restrictions already in place were helping to ease new virus infections.
Mr Morrison also announced a six-month moratorium on evictions as some fear they can’t afford the roof over their heads.
National Cabinet welcomed the new coronavirus app and WhatsApp channel that were released today by the Commonwealth Government.
There are now 3983 confirmed cases across the country.
That includes 1791 in New South Wales, 769 in Victoria, 656 in Queensland, 299 in South Australia, 311 in Western Australia, 66 in Tasmania, 77 in the Australian Capital Territory and 14 in the Northern Territory.
The number of Australians who have died after contracting COVID-19 has now reached 16.