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France's death toll slows amid lockdown

France's daily death toll from the coronavirus has fallen in the past 24 hours and admissions into intensive care also slowed, the health ministry says, thanking citizens for largely respecting a lockdown to halt the spread of the virus.

We can defeat the coronavirus: Queen

Queen Elizabeth has told the British people that they would overcome the coronavirus outbreak if they stayed resolute in the face of lockdown and self-isolation, invoking the spirit of World War II in an extremely rare TV address.

Easter travel ruled out for Australians

Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy is pleading with Australians to forgo their usual Easter festivities next weekend and stick to social distancing measures to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

JobKeeper laws will pass this week: Porter

Attorney-General Christian Porter is adamant the $130 billion JobKeeper payment legislation will be passed by the federal parliament when it holds an emergency session on Wednesday, however long it takes.

Pell decision to come in unusual times

Deep inside Melbourne's imposing St Patrick's Cathedral, two young boys dressed in their choir robes snuck off to swig sacramental wine in the priest's sacristy.

Queen to address UK on COVID-19 crisis

The Queen will address the British public in a message to be broadcast by national television channels to thank healthcare workers dealing with the coronavirus crisis on the frontline.

Dutton warns of dodgy COVID-19 test kits

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is urging Australians to be wary of imported, dodgy 'home' COVID-19 tests kits that could pose a serious risk to public health.