Coronavirus live news: Australia tracks Sydney flight passengers; Trump in hospital; WHO approves rapid test
- Scramble under way in Washington to trace spread of Covid among US leadership
- Joe Biden and his wife test negative for coronavirus
- US coronavirus updates – live
- Australia-New Zealand travel bubble to partially open
Donald Trump is being treated with an experimental antibody drug that has shown promising initial early results but has yet to be peer-reviewed. According to statement from his doctor, the president has received a single eight-gram dose of an antibody cocktail called REGN-COV2 – a combination of two human neutralising antibodies against the virus.
The treatment was developed by Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, which previously developed a similar antibody drug against Ebola. He is also taking zinc, vitamin D, melatonin, aspirin and the heartburn drug famotidine – often sold in the US under the brand name Pepcid. Although the drug has not been shown to work against coronavirus, researchers are studying it as a possible treatment.
In more positive Australian news the Sunshine state of Queensland has recorded no new cases of Covid-19, after recording two new infections yesterday.
There are now only 6 active cases in the state, five of these in hospital.
We stood for the first time in bars and cafes and restaurants to enjoy their drinks and their snacks and again, that’s just another reward for how effectively we’ve managed the virus here in Queensland.