Coronavirus live news: US hospitalisations at record level as Victoria passes elimination benchmark

US surpasses 13m Covid cases as experts urge caution over Thanksgiving weekend; Trudeau previously warned country would not get first doses; Italy to ease measures in five regions

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Between 100,000 and 150,000 people will be able to return to work in Ireland over the next week or so as all shops, restaurants, gyms and pubs serving food reopen, Business Minister Leo Varadkar said on Friday.

The number of people claiming temporary coronavirus-related jobless benefits has risen by almost 150,000 since Ireland began to tighten COVID-19 curbs in September, two-thirds of them since the highest level of constraints were put in place on Oct. 21.

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Germany, once a beacon of hope in Europe’s coronavirus nightmare, logged more than one million cases on Friday.

Until recently, Germany’s relative success in containing the virus had offered some sense of hope, with authorities putting in place some precautions that still allowed life to carry on almost as normal.

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