Australia's governments are being urged to step up action and provide uniform information on the coronavirus, with the third Australian death from COVID-19 and expectations that many more will be infected.
Australian Medical Association president Dr Tony Bartone says it is clear the message from the federal government and the states has been an inconsistent.
"We've got to start acting as one if we're going to deal with this threat of COVID-19," Dr Bartone said in Melbourne.
The AMA also called on politicians to step back and let the Chief Medical Officer, Brendan Murphy, be the main voice of the country's response to stop confusing people.
"I think leadership from the chief medical officer is essential at this time and obviously he can direct and influence the decisions made by the chief health offices in respective states," Victorian AMA president, associate professor Julian Rait said at the press conference.
"We ask the government to respect the leadership we have and withdraw and not insert themselves into these debates and discussions without adequate knowledge."
It follows the Victorian health minister's comments on Saturday that she was flabbergasted a doctor - who later tested positive to COVID-19 - continued to treat patients.
Dr Chris Higgins had a mild cold after returning from the USA on February 29 and returned to work two days later as his symptoms settled. He treated 70 patients at The Toorak Clinic in Melbourne's southeast during the week.
Dr Bartone said minister Jenny Mikakos' comments were not helpful, and could undermine the community's faith in GPs.
He said governments agreed at a roundtable last Friday that scaling up the country's frontline response was a priority. That included teleconferencing for GP consultations that would best utilise scarce resources.
"It will reduce the load on emergency departments and hospitals," he said.
Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said telehealth services were being designed now and could be delivered by the end of the week.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian called for calm as panic buying started to spread. Two women were charged after a fight broke out over toilet paper in a Sydney supermarket on Saturday.
She reminded the public the coronavirus was not fatal in most cases and only of major concern in patients of advanced age or with associated health issues.
"My biggest worry is not about getting it myself but unintentionally passing it on to others," Ms Berejiklian said on Sunday.
In Hobart, a man who was advised to self-quarantine while waiting for test results, continued to work at Hobart's Grand Chancellor Hotel.
"It is unacceptable to continue activities in public or attend work while waiting for the coronavirus virus test results," state Public Health Director Dr Mark Veitch said.
The student, in his 20s, is in isolation at the Royal Hobart Hospital in a "satisfactory" condition.
About 74 Australians have now tested positive to the coronavirus and the figures are expected to climb further. Meanwhile, four more Australians have been caught up in another cruise ship coronavirus emergency off the coast of California.
NSW Health on Sunday confirmed an 82-year-old man, who contracted the coronavirus from an infected aged care worker at BaptistCare's Dorothy Henderson Lodge in his Sydney, died , taking the nationwide toll to three.
His death follows that of a 95-year-old woman, a fellow Dorothy Henderson Lodge resident, and a 78-year-old man in Perth.
Travel bans are still in place for arrivals from South Korea, China and Iran while those flying in from Italy will undergo advanced screening.
An extra 260,000 masks will be immediately released from the federal stockpile to primary health networks, dentists and aged care workers.
The government has also secured an extra 54 million face masks for national medical stockpiles, expected to arrive by the end of April.
Meanwhile, the government is reportedly finalising a $5 billion stimulus package to counter the fallout from the outbreak, including reducing deeming rates for pensioners, providing local councils with funding, and expanding instant asset write-offs for business.
Australian Associated Press