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Qld schools go pupil-free, borders close

Here's what's happening across Queensland in relation to COVID-19 on Thursday.QUEENSLAND CASES* There are now 493 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Queensland, with 50 new cases recorded overnight.

Hot spot New York struggles with virus

New York authorities have mobilised to head off a potential public health disaster in the city, with its emergence as the nation's biggest coronavirus hot spot a warning flare - and perhaps a cautionary tale - for the rest of the United States.

Flight Centre to stand down or sack 6,000

Virus-ravaged travel firm Flight Centre says an initial 6,000 of its global sales and support staff globally will either be stood down or made redundant in the company's latest bid to preserve a future.

Wear face masks to vote, Qlders told

Doctors have told Queenslanders to wear face masks when they vote this weekend and want fast-track lanes to limit the risk of older people catching coronavirus.

Don't 'squander' chance to control virus

Countries that have locked down their populations to prevent the spread of coronavirus need to put a premium on finding new cases and doing everything they can "to suppress and control" the virus, the World Health Organisation says.

Brandis avoids virus after Prince function

Australian High Commissioner George Brandis has no coronavirus symptoms after hosting one of the last official functions attended by the now sick Prince of Wales.

Elective surgeries cut during virus crisis

The national cabinet has announced changes to the current coronavirus testing criteria while the deadline to suspend all elective surgery other than the most urgent procedures has been extended until April.