COVID-19 | Top 10 global developments this Wednesday morning

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The number of coronavirus cases recorded worldwide has passed 20.2 million, according to Johns Hopkins University COVID tracker. There are now 20,209,647 cases worldwide and 739,960 have died so far. However, more than 12.5 million have recovered from the virus.

Here are the top 10 global developments this morning:

1. Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday said his country had registered the first vaccine for Covid-19. Putin said his daughter had been inoculated, and hoped the country would soon start mass-producing the vaccine.

2. Meanwhile, the WHO said it had not received enough information to evaluate the Russian vaccine.

3. Germany has extended a partial travel warning for Spain to the capital of Madrid and the Basque region amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

4. Restrictions were announced for New Zealand’s largest city – Auckland – after the first community transmission in more than 100 days was detected.

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5. The United States has entered an agreement with drugmaker Moderna to acquire 100 million doses of its potential COVID-19 vaccine for around $1.5 billion, the company and White House said on Tuesday.

6. The Australian state of Victoria has recorded 410 new coronavirus cases and a record 21 deaths in the last 24 hours.

7. Argentina’s death toll from the coronavirus has topped 5,000, the government said on Tuesday.

8. Mexico’s Health Ministry on Tuesday reported 6,686 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 926 additional fatalities, bringing the totals in the country to 492,522 infections and 53,929 deaths.

9. Lebanon on Tuesday announced a record daily number of over 300 Covid-19 infections and seven deaths from the virus as the country grapples with the aftermath of the Beirut port explosion, Reuters reported.

10. The Netherlands plans to introduce mandatory home quarantine for people identified by local authorities as having been in close contact with somebody infected with coronavirus, and for travellers returning from high-risk countries.

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