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Coronavirus live news: Global deaths pass 860,000 as Trump pushes early WHO funding cut

US public health departments being told to prepare November vaccine distribution; signs Covid-19 deaths easing in Brazil; Berlusconi tests positive. Follow the latest updates

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Equities rallied in Asia on Thursday following another blow-out session on Wall Street as investors bet that the global economy is on the right track, fuelled by new vaccine hopes and central bank largesse, AFP reports.

Traders were even willing to overlook a well-below-forecast US private-sector jobs report and China-US tensions, with the fear of missing out on healthy returns keeping the money rolling into markets.

In Australia, education experts are warning that schools will need to be specially equipped to help students stranded overseas to catch up on missed classes when they return, as trapped Australian children contemplate repeating a grade.

The alarm has been echoed by federal opposition’s education spokeswoman, Tanya Plibersek, with the Australian Education Union also warning that schools in general are under-resourced to support Covid-19-affected student learning.

Related: Australian schools ‘ill-equipped’ to meet needs of children stranded overseas

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