1. The global COVID-19 cases have climbed to 113 million, while the death toll due to the virus crossed 2.5 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.
2. Another 8,523 people in Britain have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 4,163,085, according to official figures released Friday. The country also reported another 345 coronavirus-related deaths
3. Cuba on Friday reported 875 COVID-19 infections in 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 48,441, along with two more deaths for a total of 314, the Ministry of Public Health said.
4. Morocco registered 480 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking the total tally in the North African country to 482,994, the health ministry said in a statement.
5. Chile’s Health Ministry on Friday reported 4,586 new COVID-19 infections and 90 deaths in the last 24 hours, for accumulative 816,929 cases and 20,400 deaths.
6. The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously passed a resolution calling on all member states to support a “sustained humanitarian pause” to local conflicts, in order to allow for COVID-19 vaccinations.
7. Malaysia reported 2,253 new COVID-19 infections, the health ministry said on Friday, bringing the national total to 295,951.
8. Regulators in Canada on Friday approved the use of the COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca, clearing the way for millions of more inoculations in the country.
9. New research suggests a single dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine can protect against asymptomatic coronavirus infection, which could help reduce transmission of the virus.
10. The prospect of introducing a total lockdown in the French capital is still under consideration, despite the inclusion of Paris in the list of highly infected areas in the country amid the deteriorating coronavirus situation, the city’s First Deputy Mayor Emmanuel Gregoire said on Friday.
(With ANI inputs)