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By Haroon Siddique (now), Ben Doherty and Helen Sullivan (earlier)



Ukraine records daily cases high






I’m now heading over to the US Politics Live blog. My colleague Ben Doherty will be bringing you the latest coronavirus news.



In Australia, the Victorian government aims for all aged care staff and high-risk workers to be tested monthly as the state ramps up its asymptomatic screening program.

The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, has announced that 25% of the workforce on-site in high-risk industries will be tested weekly to try to avoid outbreaks as the state opens up.

This regime will begin with 95 businesses, largely meat and poultry processing plants, but is expected to grow over the coming weeks.

Victoria has recorded 13 new coronavirus cases and four more deaths, bringing the state’s death toll to 798 and the national figure to 886. The latest victims are a woman in her 70s, a woman in her 80s and a man and woman in their 90s.

These new cases bring Melbourne’s 14-day average down to 16.4, and 0.3 in regional Victoria:


The UK government spent £569m buying 20,900 ventilators to keep people alive during the Covid-19 pandemic but lack of demand means NHS hospitals have used just a few of them.

All but 2,150 of the machines it bought are still being held in a Ministry of Defence warehouse in case they are needed in the coming second wave of the disease:


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