New Delhi (NVI): More than 117.1 million people around the world have been confirmed to have the coronavirus, while the death toll has crossed 2,599,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. Over 66.3 million patients have recovered from the deadly disease globally.
The number of coronavirus infections in the US has surpassed 29 million, while the number of fatalities caused due to the deadly contagion has surpassed 5,25,000 in the country.
Brazil’s coronavirus cases have crossed the 11 million-mark and stand at 11,051,665 while the number of deaths has surged past 2,66,000.
The French Pacific territories of New Caledonia and Wallis & Futuna have been forced into sudden lockdowns with Covid-19 outbreaks across both archipelagoes.
Meanwhile, the Covid vaccine from Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE was able to neutralize a new variant of the coronavirus spreading rapidly in Brazil, according to a laboratory study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Furthermore, fully-vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing.
Coronavirus restrictions in the Netherlands must remain in place, for now, prime minister Mark Rutte said on Monday, with the evening curfew being extended until March 31 and foreign travel advised until mid-April.
In another development, Italy’s coronavirus death toll eclipsed 100,000 on Monday, as prime minister Mario Draghi reiterated his pledge to speed up the vaccination programme.