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Coronavirus live news: US death toll passes 170,000, New Zealand postpones election

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/aug/17/coronavirus-live-news-new-zealand-postpones-election-italy-closes-nightclubs

Australia records deadliest day 25 deaths; India death toll passes 50,000; Japan GDP falls at annual rate of 27.8%; Italy closes nightclubs. Follow latest updates

Lebanon should be locked down for two weeks after a spike in COVID-19 infections, the caretaker government’s health minister was quoted as saying on Monday.
“We declare today a state of general alert and we need a brave decision to close (the country) for two weeks,” Hamad Hassan told Voice of Lebanon radio.
Lebanon registered a record 439 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours on Sunday, Reuters reports.

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