National News

No time to relax in costly virus fight: PM

Australia's death toll from the coronavirus has hit 50 as political leaders warn now is not the time to ease the measures that are preventing much higher fatality rates.

Surge in demand for DV services in Qld

Queensland domestic violence shelters hit by a sudden surge in demand amid the coronavirus crisis are getting $5.5 million in increased funding to help them cope.

Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

LATEST NEWS ABOUT COVID-19:--NUMBERS* Confirmed cases in Australia: all most 6,000 (5,986)* Australian deaths: 50 (21 in NSW, 12 in Vic, four in Qld, six in WA, three in Tas, two in ACT, two in SA).

UK PM Johnson remains in intensive care

British prime minister Boris Johnson was stable overnight in intensive care after suffering a deterioration of his COVID-19 symptoms and he remains in good spirits.

Cruise ships ordered out of Qld waters

All cruise ships anchored in Queensland waters will leave by Wednesday as the state continues to crack down on movements to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Tropical Cyclone Harold lashes Vanuatu

In Vanuatu, homes have been destroyed and livelihoods ruined by Tropical Cyclone Harold, which passed through the country's northern islands as a category-five system bringing devastation.