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Coronavirus live news: US averages 1,800 daily deaths as NSW investigates link to airline crews

World Health Organization warns virus spreading fast despite vaccine progress; French infections rise to 2.29m; Brazil reports 627 new deaths. Follow latest updates

The mayor of San Francisco on Friday ordered new lockdowns and business restrictions across the Bay Area in the face of the Covid-19 surge. It comes as the US recorded another record daily death toll of 2,800.

San Francisco, along with other Bay Area counties, is opting in to the Governor’s regional Stay at Home Order effective Sunday at 10pm.

We’re on pace to run out of hospital beds to care for patients the day after Christmas. We must turn this around now.

Related: Millions in San Francisco Bay Area to face stay-home-order starting Sunday

In Australia, the state of New South Wales recorded no new locally acquired cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night. It follows a case being announced last week in a woman working in a quarantine hotel, the state’s first community case after 26 consecutive days of no community cases.

Two cases were reported overnight in overseas travellers in hotel quarantine, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the start of the pandemic to 4,416.

As reported yesterday afternoon, the viral genome sequence from the recent Covid-19 case who works at a Sydney quarantine hotel complex does not match the virus strains seen in recent clusters in Australia.

The virus may be of United States origin. The source of infection may be international aircrew who were self-isolating in the hotel at the time, however investigations are continuing.

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