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Optimism in NZ at lockdown halfway point

Halfway into New Zealand's four-week lockdown and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is cautiously optimistic her country has turned the corner in the fight against COVID-19.

Vatican welcomes Pell High Court decision

Just hours after Australia's highest court threw out the sex abuse conviction of the Vatican's former treasurer, Pope Francis offered his morning Mass for all those who suffer from unjust sentences, which he compared to the persecution of Jesus.

Panic buying hurts remote food supplies

Panic buying is causing a shortage of grocery supplies in remote indigenous communities, forcing many vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to travel long distances to shop, exposing them to the spread of COVID-19.

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.

Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

LATEST NEWS ABOUT COVID-19:--NUMBERS* Confirmed cases in Australia: 5,895* Australian deaths: 48 (21 in NSW, 11 in Vic, four in Qld, six in WA, three in Tas, two in ACT, one in SA).

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.