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.
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.
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.
Australians unable to pay their energy bills because of coronavirus won't have their power cut as the sector promises to help those struggling.
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.
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.
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.
Queensland has recorded its first death from the coronavirus following the death of a 68-year-old man on the state's Darling Downs.
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.
The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus, Clarence House says.