Coronavirus live news: US nears 5m cases as Australia records deadliest day

By Molly Blackall (now) and Helen Davidson (earlier)

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Ministers have rejected a call from the children’s commissioner for England to bring in routine coronavirus testing in English schools.

Nick Gibb, the schools minister, confirmed that teachers and pupils in England will not have access to routine testing when they reopen in September, and will instead be primarily reliant on hygiene and distancing measures to control any spread of the virus.

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