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only 53% of Britons would definitely have vaccination

GLOBAL COVID-19 TODAY

CORONAVIRUS CASES: 20,026,161

DEATHS: 734,020

RECOVERED: 12,900,625

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Covid-19: only 53% of Britons would definitely have vaccination 

The Guardian says only half the population of Britain definitely would accept being vaccinated against Covid-19. That is the shock conclusion of a group of scientists and pollsters who have found that only 53% of a test group of citizens said they would be certain or very likely to allow themselves to be given a vaccine against the disease if one becomes available.

Read the full story on The Guardian 

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Little evidence of school transmission – minister

BBC News says there is little evidence of coronavirus being transmitted in schools, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said.

Mr Williamson said the government was being guided by the best science as it accelerates plans to reopen schools to all pupils in England next month.

Government advisers have warned the nation may have reached the limit on what can be reopened in society safely.

Read the full story on BBC News

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US passes 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases 

France24 says the US has registered over five million cases in the coronavirus pandemic, Johns Hopkins University’s real-time tally showed Sunday, as well as over 162,000 deaths as the country struggles to control the disease. 

The US tally reached 5,000,603 cases on Sunday morning and 162,441 deaths — both totals by far the highest of any country in the world.

Read the full story on France24

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Tokyo reports 331 new coronavirus cases as Okinawa marks record high 159

Japan Times says the Tokyo Metropolitan Government confirmed 331 new cases of Covid-19  infection Sunday, holding above the 300 mark for the fourth straight day.

The figure, which marked a drop from more than 420 cases reported in the past two days, brought the city’s total infections to 15,867. The metropolitan government has raised its alert for the pandemic to the highest of four levels, meaning “infections are spreading.”

Read the full story on Japan Times

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Australia’s internal borders to stay shut as Covid-19 deaths reach record

Arab News says Australian PM Scott Morrison said internal border closures were unlikely to lift before Christmas, as the country on Monday reported a record single-day rise in Covid-19 deaths.

There was, however, some evidence that drastic lockdown measures in the city of Melbourne were having an effect, with daily new infections in the state of Victoria slowing to a near two-week low.

Read the full story on Arab News

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Georgia school with large crowds reports positive cases 

Arab News says a total of nine students and staff members at a Georgia high school have tested positive for the coronavirus, the principal said in a letter to parents after the school made headlines for online photos showing hallways packed with teens – many of them not wearing masks.

Read the full story on Arab News

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ARTS & ENT 

BBC ‘very sorry’ overuse of racist term in news report

Sky News says the BBC has apologised for a news report which contained a racist term, with its director-general saying it “made a mistake”.

The BBC News story saw social affairs correspondent Fiona Lamdin repeat the n-word, which was allegedly used in a racially-motivated attack in Bristol.

Read the full story on Sky News

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SPORT 

American Morikawa,23, holds off England’s Casey to win US PGA Championship 

BBC Sport says American Collin Morikawa emerged from a stacked leaderboard to win the 2020 US PGA Championship after a flawless final round in San Francisco.

At one point on the back nine, six players shared the lead but an eagle on the 16th saw the 23-year-old go clear.

The world number 12 carded a six-under 64 at TPC Harding Park to reach 13 under in just his second major.

Read the full story on BBC Sport

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