The overall number of global coronavirus cases has crossed the 63.7-million mark, while the deaths have increased to more than 1.47 million, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Here are the top 10 developments this morning:
- The number of coronavirus patients, who currently remain in hospitals across the United States, has exceeded 100,000 for the first time since the start of the outbreak, the COVID Tracking Project said.
- Moscow has registered 73 deaths of patients infected with COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the Russian capital’s death toll to 9,126, the city’s coronavirus response center said in a statement on Wednesday.
- US President-elect Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Advisory Board pledged to address the outsized impact of the pandemic on minorities in a meeting with the US Hispanic community, the transition team said in a statement Wednesday.
- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday asked citizens of his country not to get carried away with over-optimism after the end of national restrictions and opening up several parts of the economy amid the pandemic.
- The total number of COVID-19 cases in Myanmar has increased to 93,600 as of Wednesday, according to a release from the country’s Ministry of Health and Sports.
- The number of daily COVID-19 deaths in Germany increased by 487 in 24 hours and reached a new record on Wednesday, bringing the total death toll in the country to 17,123, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said.
- After the United Kingdom (UK) authorised the use of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, a team of medical experts on Wednesday informed that senior citizens, who are more susceptible to dying from the virus will be prioritised during vaccine distribution in the country.
- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 5,533 taking the total count to 549,508 in the last 24 hours and the death toll has gone up by 118 to 17,199, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.
- Malaysia reported 851 new COVID-19 infections, the health ministry said on Wednesday, bringing the national total to 68,020.
- A total of 263 new COVID-19 positive cases have been registered in Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, bringing the number of patients infected with the disease to 46,980 in the country, the Public Health Ministry said on Wednesday.
(With ANI inputs)