Australia welcomes global inquiry into coronavirus


By SJA Jafri (Bureau Chief Australia)

CANBERRA: Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has praised Australia’s efforts in leading calls for an independent inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus, with the World Health Assembly formally approving an investigation in its meeting overnight.

“We provided the impetus, the prime minister and the foreign minister have worked across multiple nations to see that an independent inquiry is supported, and now has been supported, through the World Health Assembly,” Mr Hunt said in Melbourne this morning.

“That’s about taking the lessons, no matter where they come from, and applying them to protecting people from around the world so as we can move quickly, as Australia has done, but to make sure that every nation is equipped to move quickly to save lives and protect lives.

“Australia’s role has, I think, been a very important role in helping to see this resolution come to pass and this resolution now being enacted in a way to give the world greater protection going forward.”

Australia currently has recorded 11 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours. The death toll remains at 100.


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