Coronavirus live news: US reports 5,000 deaths in five days as Australia sees record new cases

Coronavirus live news: US reports 5,000 deaths in five days as Australia sees record new casesJuly 27, 2020

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Coronavirus cases in Papua New Guinea have nearly doubled in a weekend, with the emerging pandemic threatening to overwhelm the country’s already-fragile healthcare system.

The pandemic has, so far, been largely suppressed in the archipelagic nation, with low infection rates and only one death – of an already seriously-ill patient – linked to Covid-19.

Related: Coronavirus cases in Papua New Guinea double in days amid fears for health system

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