NEWS

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.