Coronavirus: Travel restrictions won't force A-League to stop – Australian PM
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison does not believe a new travel ban will force the A-League season to end amid the coronavirus pandemic.
While COVID-19 disrupts sport across the globe, Australia's professional football competition has continued, albeit behind closed doors.
However, Australia's announcement against non-essential travel has thrown the A-League into fresh doubt, with Victoria and New South Wales reportedly among states set to close their borders within 48 hours.
Morrison, though, told a news conference on Sunday: "I would say not. It's not the end of sport.
"We will work closely with them about those arrangements. In terms of the AFL [Australian Football League] and those types of arrangements, I think the principle is important.
"I'm sure we can work with both of those agencies with their respective states and CMOs [chief medical officers] at a federal level.
"If there are new arrangements that need to be put in place to protect the health and safety of everyone they may be possible but I'm not going to pre-empt those outcomes, but I'm sure we can work those issues through on a practical case by case basis."
Globally, more than 13,000 people have died from at least 308,000 cases.
In Australia, there have been over 1,200 cases and at least seven deaths.