Coronavirus live news: Trump wants to disband Covid-19 taskforce; Germany looks to reopen shops and restart amateur sport

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President says it’s time to reopen businesses as US deaths top 70,000; number of Russian cases rises by more than 10,000 for fourth consecutive day; UK deaths second-highest official tally worldwide

In Russia, the number of new Covid-19 cases surged by 10,559 over the past 24 hours, bringing the countrywide tally to 165,929, the country’s coronavirus crisis response centre has announced.

It is the fourth consecutive day that cases have risen by more than 10,000. The crisis response centre also reported 86 new coronavirus deaths, meaning the death toll in Russia has reached 1,537.

Afghanistan has asked for international to help fight the pandemic, as number of confirmed Covid-19 deaths has passed 100 in the war-torn country amid continued surge of transmission in the capital Kabul.

Wahid Majroh, the country’s deputy health minister, has requested international donors to “help with Afghan people and its government in this critical stage as the nation needs more cooperations”.

He confirmed 168 new coronavirus cases and nine deaths over past 24 hours, pushing the total number of infections to 3,392 and death toll to 104. Most of new infections confirmed in Kabul which is the country’s worst affected area with 909 confirmed cases, 68 reported today.

#Afghanistan has announced 168 new #Coronavirus cases and 9 deaths over past 24 hours, raising the total number of infections to 3,392 and death toll to 104

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