Coronavirus Australia live news: NSW health minister defends senior staff over Ruby Princess decision – latest update

Brad Hazzard hits back at criticism of disembarkation of passengers. Seven of the ship’s passengers have died and more than 600 are infected. Follow all the latest news live

2.47am BST

Australian Greens Senator for NSW Dr Mehreen Faruqi has said that the federal government has abandoned international students to the risk of poverty and homelessness. Today the government confirmed it would provide no financial support for international student visa holders during the pandemic. Senator Faruqi has called for income support for international students during the COVID-19 crisis, saying:

In this pandemic, international students have lost their jobs, found themselves unable to pay rent or put food on the table, and face living in squalid conditions. Hundreds of international students have contacted me over the last few days to share their stories of unemployment, financial stress and precarious living situations.

Now, the government has confirmed they will not lift a finger to support these hundreds of thousands of students who we welcomed into our country and whose fees and work we’ve all benefited from.

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Tasmania has recorded six new cases overnight, including two regional hospital staff. The state government has announced an investigation into the situation. The tally in Tasmania is now 80.

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