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Police in the southern New South Wales border city of Albury check cars crossing the state border from Victoria on July 7 as authorities close the border due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in Victoria. Australia ordered millions of people locked down to combat a surge in coronavirus cases, as nations across the world scrambled to stop the rampaging pandemic. (William West/AFP via Getty Images)
Police in the southern New South Wales border city of Albury check cars crossing the state border from Victoria on July 7 as authorities close the border due to an outbreak of COVID-19 in Victoria. Australia ordered millions of people locked down to combat a surge in coronavirus cases, as nations across the world scrambled to stop the rampaging pandemic. (William West/AFP via Getty Images)

The Australian state of Victoria, which includes Melbourne, just started a new six-week lockdown. The state just recorded a record number of new daily cases: 191.

Education and public health experts agree it's important that kids get back to school in the fall. The question is how to do it safely. NPR's Anya Kamenetz reports on some radical ideas for reopening.

Some experts say there's increasing evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted through particles that travel through the air when we breathe. The World Health Organization has been cautious about confirming that idea.

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