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A teddy bear is seen as a boy and his mother, who are the photographer's family, pass by on March 29, 2020 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The coronavirus pandemic has sparked a worldwide ‘teddy bear hunt’ to distract kids from the stark reality of the virus

From cities in the United States to Australia and New Zealand to Belgium and the Netherlands, children worldwide are on the hunt — for teddy bears.
Los Angeles natives Bill and Kay Barancik in Sydney, Australia before boarding the Ruby Princess Cruise ship on March 8, 2020.

‘Misled by silence’: A US couple quarantined in Australia say Princess Cruises and local health officials covered up coronavirus infection...

Kay and Bill Barancik were never told that four people onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship had COVID-19 symptoms and later tested positive.
Doctor wearing a stethoscope.

An Australian scientist building a necklace to stop people from touching their faces during the coronavirus outbreak wound up hospitalized — wit...

Daniel Reardon even tried using pliers, but said his "entire nose would shift towards the pliers and then the pliers would stick to the magnet."
Guests at an Australian wedding tested positive for the coronavirus.

39 guests who attended a wedding in Australia have tested positive for the coronavirus

The bride and groom were on their honeymoon when they heard two of their guests had tested positive. That was just the beginning.
Ruby Princess cruise passes the Opera House on March 19, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.

Officials are scrambling to round up 3,800 passengers and staff who disembarked from the Ruby Princess cruise in Sydney after 4 people tested positive...

Three passengers and a crew member who traveled to several locations in New Zealand before docking in Sydney on Thursday tested positive for COVID-19.
A Marine with Marine Rational Force - Darwin does fast-rope training at Robertson Barracks in Darwin, Australia, August 1, 2019.

Thousands of Marines are about to have a coronavirus staycation in Australia

Marines will spend part of Australia's autumn "restricted to their rooms with access to necessary supplies."
A Qantas Airways passenger bus drives near a Qantas Boeing 737-800 plane (top, R) at the Sydney domestic terminal, Australia, November 12, 2015.

Australia issues its highest travel advisory ever, warning citizens not to travel overseas as coronavirus spreads

"Regardless of your destination, age or health, our advice is do not travel at this time," the government's travel advisory website states.

Tom Hanks is getting respectfully dragged on Twitter for the amount of Vegemite he put on his toast while in self-quarantine

Fans of Tom Hanks, who's in self-isolation after testing positive for COVID-19, think he has yet to master the Vegemite-to-toast ratio.

Airlines have been flying over the Pacific Ocean since the 1930s — here’s how the practice evolved over the years

The vast Pacific Ocean has always proved difficult for flying but airlines have been successfully navigating the waters for decades.

Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has tested positive for coronavirus after returning from a US trip

Dutton said he tested positive for the virus after waking up with a temperature and sore throat on Friday. He was in the US last week.