Coronavirus live news: WHO reports record global cases as South Africa reinstates alcohol ban | World news


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The Australian state of New South Wales has recorded 14 new cases of coronavirus in the 24-hours to 8pm last night.

Eight of the new cases are connected to a cluster at a clyster at a restaurant and pub, the Crossroads Hotel. They include five people who had attended the hotel and three of their close contacts.

Four of those cases had already been reported to the media so the number of cases connected to the cluster has increased to 13.

Only four of the new cases were returned travellers in hotel quarantine.

Two cases were in NSW residents who picked up the virus in Victoria and have been self-isolating since returning to NSW.

NSW Health confirmed that a number of ADF members were in self-isolation after attending the Crossroads Hotel but so far none have tested positive.

In the UK, more than 100 outbreaks of coronavirus are cropping up every week, health secretary Matt Hancock has revealed, announcing that there would be “more targeted local action and less national lockdown”.

The Hancock wrote in an article in the Telegraph that small localised lockdowns in affected communities and new portable walk-in centres were helping to get many outbreaks under control “swiftly and silently”.

The lockdown imposed on Leicester after a surge in infections, the first of its kind in the country, will be reviewed by Hancock this week.

The paper reports that door-to-door testing, which was used in the worst-hit areas of Leicester, is to be used more widely to curb outbreaks in the coming months. Portable walk-in centres will also be stationed in areas where there is a flare-up of the virus:


WHO reports record rise in global infections

South Africa reimposes ban on alcohol sales



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