Coronavirus live news: England rocked by easing u-turn as Australia cases mount

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Almost 300,000 new infections on Friday, led by US, Brazil and India; Boris Johnson warns of second lockdown. Follow all the developments live

Fauci optimistic about having a vaccine this year Australia death toll tops 200 The week Covid-19 roared back in Europe

7.20am BST

A week is a long time in a coronavirus pandemic – a fact the UK government has learned all too painfully. Avoiding a one-week delay to lockdown in March would potentially have halved the death toll, it has previously emerged.

Which goes some way to explain why there have been not one but two screeching U-turns this week – on travel to Spain and lockdown measures for 4.6 million people in northern England – both announced late into the evening and imposed within hours. The ensuing chaos and anger have been palpable, and all point to one thing: that the government is very, very worried about a resurgence of the virus on UK soil.

Related: Two U-turns and lot of chaos: it's been a painful week for Boris Johnson

6.56am BST

Health officials in the Australian state of Victoria say there are now 1,008 active cases within the aged care sector, which has emerged as a key area of concern for authorities.

It represents an increase of 80 new cases within that sector over 24 hours.

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