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Scott Morrison warns COVID-19 cases will increase when schools reopen

Scott Morrison has warned parents that “undoubtedly you will get cases” of COVID-19 in schools as they reopen but insisted it’s time to get parents back to work. The Prime Minister issued the grim prediction at a press conference today where he outlined the massive economic impact of keeping schools closed. But when the cases do emerge, he urged schools to close for cleaning and contact tracing and then reopen as soon as possible. While children attending schools were regarded as low risk by medical experts, Mr Morrison stressed that did not mean it was COVID risk-free. “So our expectation is that yes, I suspect undoubtedly you will get cases, of course that will happen, we aren’t pursuing an eradication strategy,” he said. “But...

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Coronavirus: United States hits one million virus cases as states begin lifting lockdown measures

The number of coronavirus cases in the United States has reached one million – putting it around five times ahead of the next hardest-hit countries. US coronavirus cases have hit one million after doubling in 18 days, and make up one-third of all infections in the world, according to a Reuters tally. More than 56,000 Americans have died of the highly contagious respiratory illness COVID-19 caused by the virus, an average of about 2000 a day this month, according to the tally. The actual number of cases is thought to be higher, with state public health officials cautioning that shortages of trained workers and materials have limited testing capacity. About 30 per cent of the cases have occurred in New...

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