Australia and New Zealand suspended foreign entry as part of measures stem spread of the novel coronavirus infection.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said foreigners would be banned from entering the country starting Friday, public news service ABC News reported.
Canberra has reported 568 cases of the virus as six people have died in the country and 23 have recovered.
The ban will apply to all non-citizens and non-residents.
Morrison added that Australians returning home from abroad would have to self-isolate for 14 days.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also announced that the country would only allow citizens