New Delhi (NVI): More than 99.1 million people around the world have been confirmed to have the coronavirus, while the death toll has crossed 2,129,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally. Over 54.7 million patients have recovered from the deadly disease globally.
The number of coronavirus infections in the US have surpassed 25.1 million, while the number of fatalities caused due to the deadly contagion have exceeded 4,19,000 in the country.
Brazil’s coronavirus cases have crossed the 8.8 million-mark and stands at 8,844,577 while the number of deaths have surged past 2,17,000.
Furthermore, China reported a climb in new coronavirus cases driven by a spike in infections among previously symptomless patients in northeastern Jilin province. The total number of confirmed cases in the mainland rose to 124 on January 24 from 80 a day earlier, the National Health Commission said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Hong Kong government lifted a lockdown in an area of Kowloon district in the early hours of Monday after testing about 7,000 people for coronavirus to curb an outbreak in the densely populated area.
In Australia, the Pfizer vaccine has met strict standards for safety, quality and efficacy, a statement from the prime minister’s office said on Monday, and the vaccine has been approved for rollout in Australia for people age 16 years and older.
In another development, a community case of Covid-19 has been confirmed in New Zealand, with genome sequencing identifying it as of the South African variant of the virus.
Israel on Sunday announced a week-long ban on most incoming and outgoing flights in a bid to slow the spread of new coronavirus variants. The measure will begin at midnight from Monday into Tuesday and remain in effect until Sunday, a statement from the prime minister’s office said.