Coronavirus live news: 20 cases linked to Trump rally; hope in Victoria after just one new case recorded

Coronavirus live news: 20 cases linked to Trump rally; hope in Victoria after just one new case recordedOctober 17, 2020

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Across the Tasman, New Zealanders are voting today in their general election that could grant Jacinda Ardern a second term, or see her opponent Judith Collins installed after only three months as opposition leader.

In this age of coronavirus, a record number of vote – more than 1.7 million – have been cast in advance. That is almost half the roughly 3.5 million New Zealanders on the electoral rolls.

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China’s economic recovery gathered pace in the third quarter, according to a poll conducted by Agence France-Presse of analysts.

Growth in July-September is expected to come in at 5.2 percent when official data is released Monday, AFP reports.

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