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Australian health minister ‘genuinely optimistic’ about vaccine in 2021, as British health secretary announces new pandemic authority and France records 3,000 new cases

3.49am BST

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk remains unapologetic regarding the hard border closures with the state’s southern neighbours, crediting the shutdown with allowing Queensland’s economy to reopen.

“Until there is a vaccine, life will not return to normal,” she told reporters on Sunday.

3.35am BST

A man has died of Covid-19 in New South Wales.

The death of the man, who was in his 80s, takes the state’s death toll to 54 and the national toll to 396.

Updated information: Five new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the 24 hours to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 3,761. NSW Health sadly reports the death of a man in his 80s who had COVID-19.

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