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Worldwide coronavirus cases top 18 million

A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 687,000 people worldwide.

Over 18 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.

Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 4.6 million diagnosed cases and at least 154,841 deaths.

Sunday’s headlines:

Worldwide coronavirus cases surpass 18 million Philadelphia Eagles head coach tests positive New York Mets oufielder won’t play this season due to COVID-19 concerns Kids make up 10% of new cases in Louisiana If you vacation in

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Government guarantees £320 million of funding for primary school PE

Sport and physical activity will be at the heart of children’s recovery from the coronavirus lockdown after the Government guaranteed £320 million of funding for primary school PE.

The announcement, which follows Telegraph Sport’s campaign to tackle an inactivity crisis among children, will preserve numerous jobs and is accompanied by a government pledge that schoolchildren will have access to at least an hour of sport and activity every day. That is the chief medical officer’s minimum recommendation, but the number of children meeting that guideline has fallen dramatically during the pandemic from 47 per cent to just 19 per cent. Most alarming of all, one in 10 children have been getting no physical activity at all.​

Telegraph Sport revealed last week how more than 100 of the nation’s greatest sports stars, including Mo Farah, Hannah Cockroft, Lawrence Dallaglio and Alex Danson, had written an open letter to government

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