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World virus cases hit 10.48m, 509,980 dead – Australian Associated Press

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More than 10.48 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 509,980​ have died, according to a Reuters tally.

Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China last December.

The US has the highest death toll with more than 126,000 Americans dying from the virus.

New US COVID-19 cases increased by more than 47,000 on Tuesday, the biggest…



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England resumes lockdown easing – Australian Associated Press

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered the reopening of the economy in England to resume as data showed a recent rise in COVID-19 infections had now levelled off.

The move highlights the government’s delicate balance between protecting the economy and preventing the virus’s spread, coming at the same time as the announcement of quarantine on arrivals from France and tougher penalties for those refusing to wear masks.

Last month, amid rising case…



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Swans youngster suspended for season, club fined for COVID-19 breach – The Age

Elijah Taylor has been banned for the rest of the AFL season with his club fined $50,000 – half of which is suspended – for breaching COVID-19 protocols.

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Though Taylor’s partner had completed her self-quarantine after arriving from NSW 14 days earlier she was not authorised to enter the resort under AFL protocols and the WA quarantine directions for the Swans.
The $25,000 fine will be included in the club’s soft cap for 2021 at a time when the league is looking to reduce football department spend in the wake of the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.
The Swans stood down club great Tadhg Kennelly this year after the AFL imposed a 37 per c…

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Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact – Australian Associated Press

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* Victoria recorded 372 new cases and 14 deaths on Friday, bringing its death toll to 289 and the national figure to 375.

* A man in his 20s became Australia’s youngest COVID-19 fatality. 

* Infections in Victorian aged care continue to rise, with 2034 active cases across 119 facilities from a total 7877 active cases statewide.

* Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton is confident the state has passed its second wave peak, with the effect of…



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