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

Coronavirus live news: US death toll passes 170,000, New Zealand postpones electionAugust 17, 2020

Italy closes nightclubs; Australia records deadliest day 25 deaths; UK records 1,000 new Covid cases; France records 3,000 new infections for second day. Follow latest updates

  • New Zealand delays election by month amid Auckland outbreak
  • Jared Kushner will ‘absolutely’ send his children to school despite risks
  • Island nations have the edge in keeping Covid away – or most do
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Coronavirus deaths in the United States have passed 170,000, according to the Johns Hopkins university tracker. Cases now stand at 5,4m, with deaths at 170,052.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Protection, the rolling 7-day average for new cases is currently 52,182.

Related: Jared Kushner will ‘absolutely’ send his children to school despite Covid-19 risks

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has checked into a hospital in Tokyo, local media reported on Monday morning, for what aides described as a “regular check-up”.

That is unlikely to dampen speculation about Abe’s health, however. The 65-year-old has looked tired and drawn in recent weeks, and suffers from a chronic bowel condition – for which he takes medication – that partly brought his first term as prime minister to a premature endin 2007, after a year in office.

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