Coronavirus live news: jump in new cases in Belgium; signs of compromise on EU recovery fund

Coronavirus live news: jump in new cases in Belgium; signs of compromise on EU recovery fundJuly 20, 2020

Belgium sees 66% jump in new infections; EU leaders shows signs of compromise; South Africa Covid-19 deaths pass 5,000

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The authorities in France have reported 400 to 500 active coronavirus outbreak clusters but there are no signs of an imminent “second wave,” according to the health minister Olivier Veran, AFP reports.

Many of the current virus clusters involve abattoirs or other contained professional settings such as old age homes, he said.

#UPDATE French authorities have reported 400 to 500 active #coronavirus outbreak clusters but there are no signs of an imminent “second wave,” Health Minister Olivier Veran said Monday https://t.co/AKFERthyJU pic.twitter.com/RJPFRDPjUL

There are more signs of compromise in Brussels on the coronavirus recovery fund.

The commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, said that the leaders of the European Union were determined to reach agreement on the bloc’s long-term budget and an economic recovery plan after three days of haggling at a Brussels summit.

We need an agreement that gives us the means to overcome the crisis and prepare Europe for the future. #EUCO pic.twitter.com/rkeq0mU7Yo

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