COVID-19 Monday Roundup 29 June 2020

Global cases reached 10 million today, and global deaths 500,000, so it’s little surprise that the IMF’s global economic outlook deteriorated. Australia was one of few countries to improve in the IMF forecasts, despite record falls in job vacancies and predicted retail spend. A testing blitz is underway in Victoria’s outbreak hotspots, while research suggests bald men should be particularly vigilant to avoid COVID-19.

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