Global COVID-19 cases pass 3.3 million; NSW nursing home under investigation; Australia’s death toll stands at 93

Global COVID-19 cases pass 3.3 million; NSW nursing home under investigation; Australia’s death toll stands at 93

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Labor leader Anthony Albanese has backed the Morrison government’s calls for an independent global inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus, calling it “completely unremarkable”.

The call by the Australian government has received a series of harsh rebukes from the Chinese government, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he will continue with the push.

“I regard the government’s call as completely unremarkable and just as a matter of course I would expect that would occur,” Mr Albanese told Sky News on Sunday morning.

“What Australia needs to do is to stand up to our national interest, we are allies with the United States, but we are friends with China and other countries in our region.

“Australia, though, can’t allow those economic relationships that are so important for us, to stop us being prepared to say what needs to be said.

“We do need to know what the origins were, not as an academic exercise, but so that we can ensure it never happens again.”