Coronavirus live news: Beijing enters ‘extraordinary period’ as it races to contain new Covid-19 outbreak

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The British economy will shrink by 8% this year and is unlikely to recover from the damage wrought by the coronavirus crisis until 2023, according to a leading economic forecaster.

After official figures showed Britain’s economy shrank by a record 20.4% in April – putting the country on course for the worst recession in more than three centuries – the EY Item Club was moved to produce its first interim report between two quarterly updates to reflect the deteriorating outlook.

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AAP reports that Australia’s top men’s professional soccer league, the A-League, believe this year’s grand final could be played anywhere in Australia, or even in New Zealand.

The league’s 11 clubs are set to undergo Covid-19 testing for players and staff on Monday, with training to resume this week. Despite not yet resolving a contract dispute with host broadcaster Fox Sports, Football Federation Australia is pushing ahead with a plan to resume the league on 16 July.

Related: New Zealand flagged as potential grand final host as A-League readies for resumption

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