Aug 24 (Reuters) - Australian shares are poised to open lower on Monday after the country recorded 17 new coronavirus deaths on Sunday as it grapples with a second wave of the pandemic. The local share price index futures fell 0.2%, a 54.2-point discount to the underlying S&P/ASX 200 index close. The benchmark slipped 0.1% on Friday. New Zealand's benchmark S&P/NZX 50 index edged 0.2% higher in early trade. (Reporting by A K Pranav in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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