Coronavirus live news: US cases pass 8m; hope in Victoria after just one new case recorded

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US cases hit record levels in Midwest; calls to ease restrictions in Australian state of Victoria; UK accuses Russia of trying to disrupt vaccine research

The 20 cases reportedly traced back to Trump’s Minnesota rally is a significant increase on previous numbers.

Last week, the Minnesota Department of Health said it had identified nine Covid-19 cases in people who reported attending the Bemidji rally last month.

CNN is reporting that an outbreak in Minnesota has been traced back to a Trump rally.

Local health authorities say they have so far traced 20 Covid-19 cases to a Trump rally in Bemidji in September, CNN reports.

The Minnesota Department of Health says it has so far traced 20 cases of Covid-19 back to a rally held by President Donald Trump in Bemidji last month

Two people are now hospitalized.

The state is describing it as an “outbreak.”

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We also have a subsequent round of wastewater testing from right across the state, and the good news is that the subsequent testing in Townsville has come back negative, so there is no longer virus fragments in that wastewater in Townsville. However, samples taken at the Sandgate wastewater plant on the 12th, and the Maroochydore and Wynnum wastewater plants on the 13th, both returned positive results for virus fragments. The chief health officer will discuss what that means, what levels they were at. But also the response. And that’s the most important thing. What we’re asking people in those areas to do is the same thing as we have been asking them every other day, but it’s perhaps just a little bit more important over the next week or so. And that is, if they have any symptoms whatsoever, please do go and get tested.

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