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COVID-19: Border Still Closed

24 June 2020 by News Desk

COVID-19 continues to increase in Australia where the national death toll has increased for the first time in more than a month.

There are now just 49 cases of COVID-19 being treated by hospitals in New South Wales and no one is in intensive care.

Victoria has 20 new cases marking a full week of double-digit daily increases. Most of the cases could be the result of community transmission. There are 131 active cases in Victoria.

Australia’s national border will remain closed for “a significant amount of time”, in order to maintain the country’s status as an “island sanctuary” from COVID-19, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt says.

New Zealand now has nine active COVID-19 cases.

The US has 2.3 million COVID-19 cases (about a quarter of the world’s cases) and more than 120,000 people with the disease have died.

As of 24 June 20 the global death toll from COVID-19 has passed 477,000. The number of confirmed cases has passed 9.2 million and more than 4.6 million people have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University

It took more than 90 days for the world to see the first million coronavirus infections – but it has taken just eight days to see the latest one million.

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