Coronavirus update: The latest COVID-19 news for Wednesday 8 April | ABC News

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  • The United States has recorded the biggest daily total of deaths for any one country, according to one of the websites reporting daily death tolls in that country.

    In the past 24 hours, 1,900 people have died – a huge jump on the previous daily highest total.

    Australia has been successful so far in limiting the spread of the disease, but like other countries, there has been a huge economic cost.

    In this update:

    0:11 – The USA records the biggest daily death toll of any single country.

    1:04 – Government’s JobKeeper subsidy expected to pass parliament today.

    1:33 – US death toll from coronavirus passes 12,000, with 380,000 confirmed cases.

    1:58 – Paris bans outdoor exercising during the day.

    2:14 – Wuhan, China, lifts movement restrictions.

    2:40 – MPs and Senators are in Canberra for a special one-day sitting to debate the $130 billion JobKeeper wage subsidy bill.

    7:40 – Another person has died from coronavirus in Victoria.

    8:06 – Three children in Sydney taken to hospital with suspected coronavirus symptoms.

    10:06 – The first Australians have left their enforced hotel quarantines, two weeks after arriving back into the country.

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