Coronavirus live news: UK food banks ‘preparing for worst’; record cases in Australian state of Victoria

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Record cases in Australian state of Victoria

In Australia, Victorian authorities say Thursday’s spike in Covid-19 cases – the highest one-day total for the state the pandemic so far – was “completely avoidable”, with parties for the Australian Football League grand final and other social gatherings over the long weekend behind up to one-third of the 1,438 new local infections.

Premier Daniel Andrews said he was sure the latest case numbers would be “of great concern to all Victorians”.

“The Thursday after a long weekend, and particularly given what we know from interviews over recent days, many of these cases were completely avoidable,” he said:

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UK food banks ‘preparing for worst’

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