Australia cheers end of Melbourne lockdown but virus ravages Europe, US

Melbourne (AFP) – Champagne corks popped in Australia’s second-biggest city as a months-long coronavirus lockdown ended on Wednesday, contrasting with deepening gloom in Europe where France and Germany were set to reintroduce curbs.The pandemic has unleashed vast devastation across the global economy and in the absence of a vaccine or effective treatment, countries are being forced to impose widely unpopular Covid-19 restrictions that have sparked violent clashes in Italy.Much of the United States — the worst-hit nation in the world — is also bracing for a tough winter, but there was exhilar…

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