World Health Organisation officials have denied that the body was "China-centric" and say the acute phase of a pandemic is not the time to cut funding, after US President Donald Trump said he would put contributions on hold.
LATEST NEWS ABOUT COVID-19:--NUMBERS* Confirmed cases in Australia: 6,013* Australian deaths: 50 (21 in NSW, 12 in Vic, four in Qld, six in WA, three in Tas, two in ACT, two in SA).
Coronavirus won't be taking a holiday over Easter and neither should Australians.
Detectives have started investigating the handling of the Ruby Princess coronavirus scandal as the number of new COVID-19 infections across NSW continues to stabilise.
Wage subsidies designed to save six million jobs are one step closer after passing the first hurdle of a scaled-back federal parliament.
Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and payments company Square, said he is moving $US1 billion ($A1.26 billion) of his equity in Square to fund COVID-19 relief efforts and eventually other causes.
Policing of social gathering restrictions will be ramped up in Tasmania's northwest where an outbreak of coronavirus has hit a hospital.
Officials are insisting Queenslanders stay in their homes over the Easter break to avoid a spike in new COVID-19 infections.
NSW police will patrol caravan parks and use technology such as number plate recognition to ensure people are following social distancing rules over the Easter long weekend.
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.