Coronavirus Australia live update: Victoria reports nine new cases and Bondi beach to close as crowds reach capacity

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7.21am BST

The treatment being provided to US president Donald Trump could pave the way to fighting Covid-19, one of Australia’s top scientists says.

Prof Peter Doherty, who shared the Nobel prize for medicine in 1996 for his work on how the immune system recognises virus-infected cells, says a vaccine might not be the only answer.

Vaccines will help a lot – they’ll shift the bar, but I don’t think they’re going to end the problem.

We’re hoping these are going to work really well on president Trump … because that’s our best shot out there at the moment for a specific therapy.

We’re lucky that we’ve retained CSL in Australia and we have the capacity to make large amounts of monoclonal antibodies.

Even people who don’t get hospitalised – there are cardiac problems, myocardial damage, kidney damage.

The reason diabetics are so susceptible is probably because they have already got kidney damage.

7.00am BST

The chair of the delegated legislation committee, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, has moved a disallowance motion challenging social services minister Anne Ruston’s decision to defer the sunsetting of the cashless welfare card without legislation.

Ahead of parliament returning on Tuesday, the Labor caucus has decided to support the motion.

We have a set of scrutiny principles, as a consequence of the Senate increasing the powers of the committee – we’re very scrupulous in terms of what we do here. If it doesn’t meet the requirements, if it does contravene those principles and the minister doesn’t rectify [it to address] our concerns, the only option open to us is to disallow. We don’t disallow lightly.

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