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Coronavirus live news: New Zealand’s biggest city back in lockdown as global deaths pass 740,000

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/aug/12/coronavirus-live-news-lebanon-sees-record-cases-after-blast-as-new-zealands-biggest-city-heads-into-lockdown

WHO warns displacement of people in Beirut risks accelerating Covid-19 spread; four new cases in Auckland, New Zealand; Australia suffers deadliest day. Follow the latest updates

Hi, Helen Sullivan here. I recently wrote about being separated from my husband for five months by the pandemic.

Now, we’d like to hear from couples and other loved ones kept apart by border closures and flight palavers. If you would like to tell your story, my email address is helen.sullivan@theguardian.com – please do drop me a few lines explaining your own situation.

Related: In the months my husband and I were apart, the world changed completely | Helen Sullivan

Melissa Davey, Matilda Boseley and Josh Taylor report for the Guardian:

Here is the full story on the Australian state of Victoria, which has recorded its highest overnight death toll from Covid-19, with 21 deaths and 410 new cases announced on Wednesday as the premier Daniel Andrews expressed concern about continued aged care cases and deaths, and a rise of cases in disability services, among health workers, and in regional areas.

Related: Victoria records highest Covid death toll at 21 and 410 cases as aged care sector remains hardest hit

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