And that’s where we’ll leave it for this evening. Today’s wrap-up:
- The ACT recorded its third death due to Covid-19, a woman in her 60s who was a passenger on the Ruby Princess.
- South Australia announced a testing blitz over the next two weeks when anyone with symptoms will be tested for coronavirus.
- The social services minister, Anne Ruston, intervened to ensure about 15,000 people with disabilities will keep a $100-a-fortnight extra allowance during the Covid-19 crisis following claims some had lost the payment due to the shutdown.
- The NSW police commissioner, Mick Fuller, said authorities are hopeful the Ruby Princess will depart from Port Kembla by this Sunday.
- The Melbourne Writers Festival announced this year’s event will be held entirely online.
- The chief medical officer, Brendan Murphy, said children make up 2% of Covid-19 cases.
- A man was jailed in WA for repeatedly sneaking out of quarantine in a Perth hotel.
- Rita Wilson has told a US TV station she experienced “extreme side effects” after being treated with the experimental Covid-19 drug chloroquine in a Gold Coast hospital.
Thank you for following our updates today. Stay safe and well and we will see you again tomorrow.