Coronavirus live news: US cases pass 2.5m as Australia considers new lockdown in Melbourne

Coronavirus live news: US cases pass 2.5m as Australia considers new lockdown in MelbourneJune 28, 2020

Cases approach 10m; new Covid-19 clusters across world spark fear of second wave; UK NHS will take four years to recover. Follow the latest updates

  • Australia considers new lockdown in Melbourne
  • Victoria nurse tests positive as state reports jump of 41 cases
  • US cases pass 2.5m
  • US one-day case high as states delay reopening
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The British government is considering imposing a lockdown in the city of Leicester after a surge of coronavirus cases there, the Sunday Times newspaper reported, citing senior government sources.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is examining a legislation required for the shutdown after it was disclosed that Leicester, a city of around 350,000 people in the East Midlands, has had over 650 Covid-19 cases in the fortnight to June 16, the newspaper reported.

Hancock is considering “all options”, including imposing a localised lockdown, according to the report.

Mainland China on Sunday reported 17 new coronavirus cases, mostly in the Chinese capital of Beijing.

The National Health Commission said 17 new infections were confirmed on Saturday, down from 21 a day earlier.

In Beijing, 14 new confirmed cases were reported, down from 17 a day earlier.
Since June 11 when Beijing reported its first case in the current outbreak, stemming from a sprawling wholesale food centre in the southwest of the capital, 311 people in the city of more than 20 million have contracted the virus, Reuters reports.

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