The number of coronavirus cases recorded around the world has now climbed to 29.47 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. Deaths from the virus stand at 933,542. However, over 19.99 million people have been recovered from the virus.
Here are the top global developments this morning:
1. Pfizer Inc said on Tuesday participants were showing mostly mild-to-moderate side effects when given either the company’s experimental coronavirus vaccine or a placebo in an ongoing late-stage study.
2. New Zealand reported a second consecutive day of no new cases of COVID-19 spread in the community on Wednesday.
3. US President Donald Trump has given a town hall in which he said that COVID-19 would go away without a vaccine. This would happen because of “herd mentality,” he said. It is unclear whether he meant “heard” immunity, as he repeated the phrase several times.
4. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has granted emergency approval for the use of a coronavirus vaccine, six weeks after human trials in the Gulf state started.
5. China has suspended imports from an OK Foods poultry plant in Fort Smith, Arkansas, because of coronavirus cases among workers, the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council said on Tuesday, Reuters reported.
6. Mainland China reported 12 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, up from eight a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Wednesday.
7. India’s COVID-19 case tally crossed 50-lakh mark on Wednesday with a spike of 90,123 new cases and 1,290 deaths in the last 24 hours.
8. Sweden has recorded its fewest daily COVID-19 cases since March. The country’s rolling seven-day average of new cases stood at 108 on Tuesday, its lowest level since 13 March.
9. The Netherlands reported 1,379 new COVID-19 infections – the majority reported in Amsterdam and The Hague – in the country on Tuesday.
10. Brazil on Tuesday registered 1,113 new coronavirus deaths, the health ministry said, the highest number since September 2. The toll has climbed to 133,119 whereas COVID-19 cases rose by 36,653 to 4,382,263, Reuters reported.