Never made National news here. Not that I'm aware of it. But that sort of thing could happen over a Holden vs Ford, or a best beer disputeOh you whacky Aussies!
When fruitfly outbreak occurred here last year the place went into lock down.
Blueberry rust same.
Doing the wrong thing landed you in serious trouble.
Here too we have prohibition on pig products due to the African Swine fever.
One could argue "only a pig" or "its only a harmless fly", yet it's taken seriously by primary producers and governments alike.
Seems humans aren't treated same with such strict quarantine measures, at moment.
People are being called racist here because they react when they encounter a person of Chinese origins.
This virus kills, and when confronted with someone that is of the ethnic nature of place of origin it's a tough ask to be embraced, welcomed or however you put that, with welcome.