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COVID Cases on the Rise in the U.K, Russia; Melbourne Ends World’s Longest Lockdown

HeadlineOct 18, 2021

In international news, Britain is seeing a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, with over 45,000 new infections reported on Sunday. That’s the highest daily number in the U.K. since mid-July.

Russia is setting new daily records for cases and deaths, recording over 1,000 fatalities for the first time over the weekend.

In Australia, the city of Melbourne is ending its lockdown this week after meeting its target of reaching a 70% vaccination rate. Melbourne has been under lockdown longer than any other city in the world. In neighboring New Zealand, the country’s largest city, Auckland, will extend its strict lockdown for another two weeks.

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