1. Globally, the number of coronavirus cases recorded around the world has climbed to over 68.84 million, while the death toll surged to 1.56 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.
2. Over 44.32 million people have been recovered from the virus across the world.
3. Canada approved the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE, clearing the way for shots to be delivered and administered across the country.
4. Brazil reported 53,453 fresh confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the highest daily rate since mid-August, and 836 deaths from COVID-19, the health ministry said on Wednesday.
5. Spain’s rate of confirmed coronavirus cases fell to 193 cases per 100,000 people on Wednesday to reach the lowest level recorded since August, health ministry data showed, Reuters reported.
6. Slovakia ordered schools and most shops closed for at least three weeks from 21st December.
7. South Africa, the African country most affected by coronavirus, has entered a second wave of the pandemic, the health minister declared Wednesday.
“As it stands as a country we now meet that criteria,” Zweli Mkhize said in a statement, as the country registered nearly 7,000 new cases in the last 24-hour cycle.
8. Turkey’s health minister Fahrettin Koca on Wednesday said that a record 217 patients have died in the last 24 hours in the country for Covid-19. With this, the death toll in the country rose to 15,531 deaths and more than 1.5 million people infected have been by Covid-19 totally, reports Reuters.
9. UK regulators say people who have a “significant history’’ of allergic reactions shouldn’t receive the new Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine while they investigate two adverse reactions that occurred on the first day of the country’s mass vaccination program, reports AP.
10. With 31,522 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, India’s total caseload rose to 97,67,372 on Thursday, according to the Health Ministry.
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