Coronavirus Australia live news: NSW Health defends handling of Ruby Princess as more cases confirmed – latest update

Department announces 342 Covid-19 cases linked to cruise ship, saying transmission ‘could not have prevented by NSW Health staff’

11.04pm BST

The New South Wales health minister Brad Hazzard and NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant are due to give an update in a couple of hours, at 11am AEDT. I’ll bring you updates from that here when it happens.

11.03pm BST

Australia’s national science agency CSIRO says zoonotic diseases – diseases which pass from animals to humans – such as Covid-19 and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome now account for almost 75% of human infectious diseases.

This morning CSIRO announced that with the increasing threat of zoonotic diseases, $220m will be directed to upgrading CSIRO’s containment biosecurity research facility in Geelong, Victoria, which is currently testing vaccines to combat the disease. The facility’s rapid work on Covid-19 has also been supported by a further $10 million in funding from the Government.

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