Coronavirus cases surpass 77.3 mn globally; death toll tops 17 lakh

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New Delhi (NVI): More than 77.3 million people around the world have been confirmed to have the coronavirus, while the death toll has crossed 17,02,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. Over 43.6 million patients have recovered from the deadly disease globally.

The number of coronavirus infections in the US have surpassed 18 million and currently stand at 18,034,214, while the number of fatalities caused due to the deadly contagion have exceeded 3,19,000 in the country.

Brazil’s coronavirus cases have crossed the 72 lakh-mark and stands at 7,263,619 while the number of deaths have surged past 1,87,000 in the country.

Furthermore, the Taiwanese government has announced that a locally transmitted coronavirus case in Taiwan has been confirmed – the first since April 12.

Meanwhile, Denmark has agreed on a temporary ban on mink breeding, leaving little hope to rebuild the industry, which pioneered the global fur trade.

Malaysia has signed a deal to procure 6.4 million doses of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Tuesday.

Mainland China recorded 15 new Covid-19 cases on December 21, compared with 23 the previous day, and will look to strengthen measures to prevent the arrival of a new strain of the coronavirus, the country’s health authority said.

Ontario on Monday announced a province-wide shutdown because of a second wave of Covid-19 in Canada’s most populous province. The lockdown will be put in place for southern Ontario from December 26 until January 23, but will lift for northern Ontario on January 9.