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  1. The US death toll has doubled less than four months after the 100,000 landmark – and with autumn nearing, there is little chance of containing the contagion, experts say

    Donald Trump attended one of his then daily White House coronavirus briefings on 17 April and in a moment of rare candor talked openly about his projections for the number of Americans who could die from the disease.

    “Right now, we’re heading at probably around 60, maybe 65,000,” he said, adding: “One is too many. I always say it: One is too many.”

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  2. Announcement of tighter coronavirus restrictions in England and Scotland leaves millions bracing for a difficult winter

    The announcement of a new set of coronavirus restrictions across England and Scotland has made the prospect of a second wave and a new lockdown tangible.

    With millions now bracing themselves for the autumn and winter ahead, the Guardian spoke to a number of experts for advice about how to get through the next six months.

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  3. First minister also confirms 10pm curfew on pubs, bars and restaurants from Friday

    Household visiting will be banned across Scotland, as Nicola Sturgeon moves to limit a key driver of coronavirus infections before the winter.

    While Boris Johnson’s statementon Tuesday did not include direct limits on socialising, Scotland’s first minister said she would be extending nationwide from Friday the ban on household visiting already in place in the west of Scotland, where she said the limits were having an impact on infection rates.

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  4. Simulation using world’s fastest supercomputer casts doubt on effectiveness in preventing spread of coronavirus

    Plastic face shields are almost totally ineffective at trapping respiratory aerosols, according to modelling in Japan, casting doubt on their effectiveness in preventing the spread of coronavirus.

    A simulation using Fugaku, the world’s fastest supercomputer, found that almost 100% of airborne droplets of less than 5 micrometres in size escaped through plastic visors of the kind often used by people working in service industries.

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  5. World reports just under two million Covid-19 cases in one week; UK government asks people to work from home; Madrid residents advised not to travel. Follow the latest updates

    Japan is considering allowing more foreigners into the country for longer stays starting as early as next month, while keeping the Covid-19 entry curbs in place for tourists, the Asahi newspaper reported on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

    In an effort to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, Japan has adopted some of the strictest travel restrictions in the world, with even permanent residents unable to re-enter the country without prior permission.

    The government eased some of those restrictions on students and business people from seven countries in late July.

    Under the latest proposed easing, Japan would allow those staying for longer than three months, such as students and medical workers, to enter from any country, the Asahi said, citing multiple government sources.

    Entry would be limited to 1,000 people a day, it said.

    Japan has so far managed to keep its coronavirus infections and deaths at low levels compared with hard-hit countries, at a cumulative 79,900 infections and 1,519 deaths.

    Papua New Guinea does not have enough Covid-19 testing kits, the country’s health minister has said. Fewer than 17,500 tests have been conducted across the country since the beginning of the pandemic.

    And while PNG’s outbreak remains small by global standards - 517 confirmed cases and seven deaths - it rose rapidly through August and early September, and the actual number of infections is likely to be many times larger than the official figure.

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