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Coronavirus live news: US hits two-month high; Australian state of Victoria reports 12 new cases


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12.21am BST

In Australia, Labor’s shadow treasurer, Jim Chalmers, has defended the opposition’s habit of labelling the country’s Covid-19 recession “the Morrison recession”.

Speaking with Sky News earlier, Chalmers said:

I think Australians understand that we’ve said all throughout that the health crisis is having a big impact on the economy and the budget – we’ve acknowledged that at every turn. But it’s a statement of fact: Scott Morrison is the prime minister, and this is the worst recession we’ve had for almost 100 years. We’ve got one million unemployed, the government says there’ll be another 160,000 unemployed between now and the end of the year. It’s a statement of fact and in our view – this recession is deeper and worse than it needs to be, and the unemployment queues longer than they need to be because of a massive missed opportunity throughout but particularly in the budget. Having wracked up $1tn to build almost nothing that lasts, leaving people out and leaving people behind when it comes to some of the support measures.”

12.17am BST

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