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Death toll revised down by more than 5,000

GLOBAL COVID-19 TODAY

CORONAVIRUS CASES: 20,810,640

DEATHS: 747,291

RECOVERED: 13,712,440

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England’s Death toll revised down by more than 5,000

The Guardian says the coronavirus death toll in England is to be revised down by more than 5,000 following concerns that over one in 10 fatalities should not have been included in the official figure.

The government announced a new UK-wide standard for how it records the official toll on Wednesday after it came to light that thousands of people in England who may have recovered from the virus before they died were still counted in the headline number.

Read the full story on The Guardian 

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England’s Covid app gets green light for trial

BBC News says England’s revamped coronavirus contact-tracing app is set to begin public trials on Thursday.

The software will be based on Apple and Google’s privacy-centric method of one smartphone detecting another.

Engineers are still trying to reduce how often the Bluetooth-based tech wrongly flags people as being within 2m (6.6ft) of each other.

Read the full story on BBC News

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France sees most new daily Covid cases since May

France24 says more than 2,500 new coronavirus cases were registered in France in 24 hours in the sharpest increase since May, government data showed on Wednesday, as officials said indicators were “clearly worsening”.

Of 600,000 tests over the past week, more than 11,600 were positive, the health ministry’s DGS public health division said.

Read the full story on France24

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Chile cautiously lifts  lockdown lid on capital’s centre

Aljazeera says Chile will lift one of the world’s longest quarantines on Monday, moving the capital Santiago’s central business district and adjoining Central Station to a “transitional” stage under a “Step by Step” reopening.

“This is a very important announcement for us and one that gives us great satisfaction,” Health Minister Enrique Paris told a news conference in Santiago on Wednesday.

Read the full story on Aljazeera

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Jordan to close border with Syria after spike in Covid-19 cases

Arab News says Jordan will close its land trade border crossing with Syria for a week after a spike in COVID-19 cases coming from its northern neighbour, officials said on Wednesday.

They said the interior minister’s decision to close the Jaber crossing would come into effect on Thursday morning.

Read the full story on Arab News

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US records nearly 56,000 new Covid-19 cases  

CNN says another 55,910 coronavirus cases were recorded in the United States on Wednesday, bringing the country’s total number of confirmed infections to at least 5,197,118, according to Johns Hopkins University’s tally.

In addition, Johns Hopkins reported 1,499 new US fatalities from Covid-19. The country’s death toll for the epidemic is now at least 166,026.

Read the full story on CNN

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ARTS & ENT

Simon Cowell thanks Kelly Clarkson for stepping in after he broke his back

Sky News says Simon Cowell has thanked Kelly Clarkson for stepping in to replace him on America’s Got Talent after he fell from a bike and broke his back.

The music mogul underwent six hours of surgery on Saturday after falling from an electric bicycle he was testing at his house in Malibu, California.

Read the full story on Sky News

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SPORT

PSG Champions League semi-finals after late goals shatter Atalanta

BBC Sport says Paris St-Germain scored two late goals in a sensational comeback against Atalanta to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time in 25 years.

A night of frustration for PSG forward Neymar looked set to ensure more continental disappointment for the French champions as unfancied Atalanta led through Mario Pasalic.

Read the full story on BBC Sport

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