Australia on Tuesday announced a healthcare sector public-private partnership to fight the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

Under the partnership, the Australian government will partner with the private sector to secure 30,000 hospital beds and 105,000 nurses and staff, said a Health Department statement.

Nineteen people have died due to coronavirus in Australia, while 4,558 others have tested positive for the deadly infection since its outbreak.

New South Wales (NSW), where 2,032 cases have been reported, is the worst-affected state.

The department added that the federal government will offer agreements to 657 private and not-for-profit hospitals to ensure their viability, in

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