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Brazil may be just the tip of the iceberg as coronavirus rips through Latin America – ABC News

Brazil’s huge wealth disparities, porous social safety net and tightly-packed, densely populated favelas all make the country the ideal host for disease disaster. And some are warning if things continue, it’s death toll will likely surpass that of America.

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Brazil’s huge wealth disparities, porous social safety net and tightly-packed, densely populated favelas all make the country the ideal host for disease disaster.
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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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Covid 19 coronavirus: Kiwi scientists identify ‘virus family’ of new outbreak – New Zealand Herald

Outbreak breakthrough has only deepened the mystery over its origins.

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A breakthrough in understanding New Zealand’s new Covid-19 outbreak has only deepened the mystery over its origins.
New Zealand scientists have identified the “family” of its latest Covid-19 outbreak and have revealed that its name is “B.1.1.1.” and can be tracked all the way back to Wuhan.
The lineage of the genome sequence of the original cluster which began as four new cases on August 11 and has grown to 30 is also linked to cases in Australia.
Director-general of health Dr Ashley Bloom…

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