Coronavirus live blog: South Korea records most cases since March, global infections top 24m

By Alison Rourke

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Germany records more than 1,500 new cases

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South Korea cuts economic growth outlook

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21:39

China reports 8 new cases, all imported

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South Korea reports most cases since March

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New Zealand announces 7 new cases, 6 linked to Auckland cluster

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20:40

Gaza lockdown extended

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Italy reports 1,300 new cases of virus

Italy reported 1,367 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, its highest daily tally since May when the country was still in lockdown, bringing the total number to 262,540.

Authorities have also registered the highest number of tests: 93,529, almost 20,000 more than Tuesday and a record since the beginning of the pandemic.

Thirteen more people have died with the virus in the last 24 hours, and the death toll now stands at 35,458.

Despite the surge in infections, the government insists there are no plans for a new lockdown.

Health authorities are particularly concerned about a cluster that emerged in the Sardinian ‘Billionaire’ nightclub, owned by former Formula 1 team boss and Italian businessman, Flavio Briatore, who has been hospitalised in Milan after contracting coronavirus.

More than 60 people tested positive for Covid-19 at Billionaire’s, as authorities are struggling to find and test thousands of customers who have been at the Briatore’s nightclub in the last weeks.

People queue outside Florence’s Duomo.

People queue outside Florence’s Duomo, 26 August. Photograph: Guy Bell/REX/Shutterstock

People queue outside Florence’s Duomo.

People queue outside Florence’s Duomo, 26 August. Photograph: Guy Bell/REX/Shutterstock

People queue outside Florence’s Duomo.

People queue outside Florence’s Duomo, 26 August. Photograph: Guy Bell/REX/Shutterstock

Piazza della Signoria in Florence.

Piazza della Signoria in Florence, 26 August. Photograph: Guy Bell/REX/Shutterstock

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Argentine posts daily record rise of Covid-19

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France records 5,429 new cases

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