Coronavirus live news: Fauci says US must ‘stop nonsense’; South Africa cases top 300,000

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Australian state of Victoria reports Australian state record one-day case increase

The Australian state of Victoria has recorded 317 new cases of coronavirus in 24 hours.

This is the highest daily total since 10 July, when Victoria recorded 288 cases in one day, and sets a new record for the highest daily total recorded by Victoria territory since the pandemic began.

Matilda Boseley

Victoria has reported 317 new cases overnight, and two Victorians have passed away. @GuardianAus

July 16, 2020

In the peak of the first wave, on 28 March, the Australia-wide total was 469 cases reported in a single day.

The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, says two men in their 80s died of the coronavirus overnight. It brings the total number of deaths in the state to 29.

Currently, there are 109 patients in hospital, 29 in intensive care.

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Dr Fauci predicts US will meet end-of-year vaccine target

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Almost a third of companies plan to make job cuts in the next three months as the government prepares to wind down its furlough scheme, one of Britain’s leading business lobby groups has warned.

Sounding the alarm amid warnings of a steep rise in unemployment, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said 29% of businesses in a survey of 7,400 firms planned to cut the size of their workforce in the next three months.

The business lobby group said this was the highest percentage of companies planning to make redundancies since it began tracking employment intentions in 1989. It said big companies with more than 250 staff were more likely to be planning job cuts than smaller firms:

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Bolsonaro tests positive again

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Canada nears zero daily deaths

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Trump rebukes Navarro for op-ed criticizing Fauci

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South Africa cases pass 300,000

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