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The nation's health ministers will gather in Melbourne on Friday, to discuss Australia's response to coronavirus. 

The Federal Government has effectively declared coronavirus a pandemic, well before other countries, allowing a more co-ordinated medical response to any surge in patients. 

The number of cases overseas has climbed to around 82,000. 

Premier Peter Gutwein says he and Health Minister Sarah Courtney were briefed on Thursday night about preparations for extra controls and airports and ports, as well as how schools should react to any widespread outbreak.

In a joint statement, Mr Gutwein and Ms Courtney said Tasmania remains well prepared, with no confirmed infections so far.

"The Prime Minister believes the risk of a global pandemic is very much upon us and as a result the Commonwealth Government has taken steps necessary to prepare for such a pandemic," they said. 

"The plan includes preparations for extra controls at airports and ports, further quarantine measures and detailing how schools should react to any widespread outbreak.

"Australia’s travel ban on people coming from China will also be extended for another week.

"The decision to implement the emergency response came after the Federal Government received new data showing the rate of cases being confirmed outside China was growing faster than those inside China."



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