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Coronavirus live news: Americans warned not to take cruises; New South Wales-Victoria border opens tonight



G20 leaders agree to fund fair distribution of vaccines; Victoria lifts outdoor mask requirements; Adelaide emerges from lockdown; NSW-Victoria state border reopens at midnight after three months

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1.26am GMT

US president Donald Trump has come a step closer to admitting that coronavirus is infecting a staggering number of Americans each day – after the country, the world’s worst-affected in terms of the number of coronavirus cases, confirmed nearly 200,000 cases in 24 hours.

Trump tweeted a short while ago that the virus (which he called “Covid” in scare quotes) is “running wild all over the World, not just in the US”:

The Fake News is not talking about the fact that “Covid” is running wild all over the World, not just in the U.S. I was at the Virtual G-20 meeting early this morning and the biggest subject was Covid. We will be healing fast, especially with our vaccines!

1.20am GMT

Leaders of the 20 biggest economies on Saturday vowed to ensure a fair distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, drugs and tests around the world and do what was needed to support poorer countries struggling to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

“We will spare no effort to ensure their affordable and equitable access for all people, consistent with members* commitments to incentivise innovation,” the leaders said in a draft G20 communique seen by Reuters.

“We recognise the role of extensive immunisation as a global public good.”

The twin crises of the pandemic and an uneven, uncertain global recovery dominated the first day of a two-day summit under the chairmanship of Saudi Arabia, which hands off the rotating presidency of the G20 to Italy next month.

The Covid-19 pandemic, which has thrown the global economy into a deep recession this year, and efforts needed to underpin an economic rebound in 2021, were at the top of the G20 agenda.

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