Coronavirus live news: US hits two-month high; Australian state of Victoria reports 12 new cases

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12.35am BST

Mayors of some of the UK’s biggest city regions were threatening legal action against the government last night as they went into open revolt against “grossly unfair” financial support for workers in northern England facing new local lockdowns.

As No 10 desperately tried to win over council leaders before announcing new lockdown rules for the north-west and north-east on Monday, Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester and former health secretary, said Boris Johnson was leaving himself open to court action on grounds of discrimination, particularly against people in low-paid hospitality jobs across the north:

Related: PM ‘betraying his red wall voters’ over lockdown cash

12.30am BST

In Trump news that I cannot actually believe I am seeing, the New York Times reports that the US president considered wearing a Superman T-shirt under his clothes when he left the hospital – in order to be able to suddenly reveal it for the cameras:

In several phone calls last weekend from the presidential suite at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Mr. Trump shared an idea he was considering: When he left the hospital, he wanted to appear frail at first when people saw him, according to people with knowledge of the conversations. But underneath his button-down dress shirt, he would wear a Superman T-shirt, which he would reveal as a symbol of strength when he ripped open the top layer. He ultimately did not go ahead with the stunt.

At the White House on Saturday, Mr. Trump took note of the teal blue shirts the attendees wore, pointed to the crowd and said, “I want to put one of them on instead of a white shirt.”

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Hafta Ichi
Source: The Guardian
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