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COVID updates: Dangerous hand sanitizers, curfew in Australia – USA TODAY

A $1 trillion package of stimulus checks, jobless benefit bonuses and relief for small businesses hang in the balance as Dems, GOP haggle.

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Congressional leaders and White House officials return to the bargaining table this week with a $1 trillion package of stimulus checks, jobless benefit bonuses and relief for small businesses hanging in the balance.
All combatants agree that some progress was made in talks Saturday, but no one spoke optimistically about a deal coming soon. Among major st…

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Australia’s virus death toll rises to 375 – Australian Associated Press

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Australia’s coronavirus death toll has climbed to 375 as authorities are cautiously optimistic about Victoria’s infection numbers flattening.

Senior cabinet ministers are reapplying pressure on states to reopen their borders, citing issues with access to healthcare and food supplies.

Authorities are also bracing for the findings of a report into the ill-fated disembarkation of the Ruby Princess cruise ship in Sydney, which has spurred another round of…



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Vic records 14 virus deaths, 372 new cases – Australian Associated Press

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Another 14 Victorians have died from coronavirus while the state has recorded 372 new cases.

The figures were tweeted by the Department of Health and Human Services on Friday morning, with further details of the latest victims to be released later in the day.

The deaths take the state’s toll from the virus to 289 and the national toll to 375.

It comes as the identity of “patient zero” for the state’s deadly second wave is reportedly revealed.

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COVID-19 diagnosis shuts Sydney school – Australian Associated Press

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Another independent Catholic school in Sydney has been closed after a student tested positive to COVID-19.

St Vincent’s College in Potts Point will be closed on Friday for cleaning and to allow health authorities to contact trace after a student on Thursday tested positive to coronavirus.

It’s the third independent Catholic school to shut after being exposed to the virus with Our Lady of Mercy College in Parramatta closed until August 24 after three cases…



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