- Australian COVID-19 cases are up 139, or 2.5 per cent, to 5687.
- Globally there are 1.26 million cases and more than 68,400 people have died.
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Bronx Zoo tiger tests positve
A tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the new coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the US or a tiger anywhere.
The four-year-old Malayan tiger, and six other tigers and lions that have also fallen ill, are believed to have been infected by a zoo employee, the US Department of Agriculture said.
The first animal started showing symptoms March 27, and all are expected to recover, said the zoo, which has been closed to the public since March 16.
NSW establishes disaster recovery agency
NSW said it would create a new agency, Resilience NSW, to prepare for disasters and recover from them.
The agency will be led by Shane Fitzsimmons, who recently retired after 12 years as commissioner of the NSW Rural Fire Service.
“We know the next six months will be very difficult but we must already turn our mind to recovery,” Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.
“Through Resilience NSW we will re-double our efforts to prevent, prepare and recover from crisis which impact NSW.”
British PM hospitalised
The Daily Telegraph
Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital last night after failing to shake off coronavirus for two weeks.
No 10 Downing Street said the Prime Minister was taken to hospital by private car for tests after he continued to report a high temperature.
Aides insisted that he remained in charge of the government.
The news was unexpected as Downing Street had briefed in the midafternoon that there was no change in his condition.
Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, said yesterday morning that while Mr Johnson was “OK” he was still running a mild temperature.
Previously, the government had indicated that if the Prime Minister was incapacitated, Dominic Raab, as the First Secretary of State, would take temporary charge.
However, rather than hand over the reins to Mr Raab, Mr Johnson has led the battle against the virus by video link from his self-isolation in the study of No 11 Downing Street.
A Downing Street spokesman said: “On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests.
“This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus 10 days after testing positive for the virus.
The source said: “This was not an emergency admission and the decision was taken on the advice of his doctor. It was considered sensible for doctors to see the Prime Minister in person given he has ongoing symptoms.
“He remains in charge of the government, and is in contact with ministerial colleagues and officials.”
Mr Raab is now expected to chair the morning meeting of the coronavirus “War Cabinet”.
Welcome to The Australian Financial Review’s live coronavirus blog, where we’ll be bringing you breaking news all day.
Here’s what you need to know this morning:
The number of Australian confirmed COVID-19 cases rose by 139 on Sunday, or 2.5 per cent, to 5687. There have been 35 deaths.
Globally there are more than 1.26 million cases, with more than 331,000 in the United States, according to research by Johns Hopkins University. Worldwide, 68,413 people have died.
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