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Global report: US nears 5m Covid cases; New Zealand goes 100 days without local transmission – The Guardian

US nears milestone as Trump extends jobless aid; NZ warns against complacency; Australia records deadliest day of pandemic to date

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The US is nearing the grim milestone of 5 million confirmed Covid-19 cases, with more than 160,000 deaths, as Donald Trump used executive orders to extend coronavirus aid into next year, with a lower level of support for the unemployed.
With the US recording nearly 2 million more cases than the next worst-affected country, Brazil, Trump said on Saturday that he would use unspent funds from the Cares Act to continue unemployment payments to millions of newly unemployed Americans at a rate of $40…

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