The death toll in Australia from the novel coronavirus has risen to 16, local authorities said on Sunday.

In a statement, officials from the states of Victoria and Queensland said that a 75-year-old woman was in the hospital in Brisbane while an 80-yer-old male patient was treated in Melbourne.

Australia has confirmed 3,809 cases of coronavirus since the novel virus first confirmed in the country.

On Friday, Australia announced tougher quarantine measures to slow the spread of the virus.

Under the new rules that would apply from Saturday midnight, all arrivals coming into Australia will be quarantined in designated

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