Panic-buying in Mexico City (Image: Wikimedia)

Australia has recorded its first two person-to-person cases of coronavirus. While context is important -- one was a health worker who most likely caught it from a patient, and the other was the sibling of someone who caught it in Iran -- it's still an unwanted landmark on the road to a seemingly inevitable global pandemic.

As the crisis continues, here's what you need to know.

Panic on the streets of London (and everywhere else)

Supermarkets across the country are reporting that items like toilet paper, paracetamol, hand sanitiser, canned goods and rice -- a genre of grocery best described as "bunker fare" that people panic-buy -- are selling out en masse.