Global death toll passes one million; rift between US health officials coordinating response; New York test positivity rate climbs

British students are expected to be able to go home for Christmas, a junior minister said on Tuesday, amid concern that the second wave of coronavirus could strand them at university over the festive period.
“We would expect students to be able to go home for Christmas of course that is something that absolutely we’ll be working towards,” junior skills minister Gillian Keegan told BBC Radio.

Thailand will receive its first foreign vacationers when a flight from China arrives next week, marking the gradual restart of a vital tourism sector battered by coronavirus travel curbs, a senior official said on Tuesday.
The first flight will have about 120 tourists from Guangzhou, flying directly to the resort island of Phuket, Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn told Reuters.

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