The novel coronavirus has killed at least 21,59,155 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 1100 GMT on Wednesday.
At least 10,02,36,600 cases of coronavirus have been registered. Of these, at least 6,09,33,300 are now considered recovered.
On Tuesday, 18,109 new deaths and 6,04,473 new cases were recorded worldwide.
Based on latest reports, the countries with the most new deaths were the United States with 4,206 fatalities, followed by Mexico with 1,743 and the United Kingdom with 1,631.
The United States is the worst-affected country with 4,25,227 deaths from 2,54,43,876 cases.
After the US, the hardest-hit countries are Brazil with 2,18,878 deaths from 89,33,356 cases, India with 1,53,724 deaths from 1,06,89,527 cases, Mexico with 1,52,016 deaths from 17,88,905 cases, and the United Kingdom with 1,00,162 deaths from 36,89,746 cases.
Europe overall has 7,13,104 deaths from 3,25,09,118 cases, Latin America and the Caribbean 5,80,125 deaths from 1,83,68,250 infections, and the United States and Canada 4,44,589 deaths from 2,61,99,885 cases.
Asia has reported 2,37,275 deaths from 1,50,16,736 cases, the Middle East 96,165 deaths from 46,34,408 cases, Africa 86,952 deaths from 34,76,561 cases, and Oceania 945 deaths from 31,645 cases.
Pharmaceutical group AstraZeneca says it will attend a meeting with EU representatives to discuss delays of its vaccine, contradicting earlier claims from Brussels.
French pharma group Sanofi agrees to help produce 125 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab at its factory in Frankfurt after abandoning development of its own vaccine.
British citizens returning from roughly 30 ‘high risk’ countries must quarantine in hotels near airports for 10 days with in-room meals and security guard supervision costing £1,500 ($2,060, 1,697 euros).
A spike in cases spurs Hong Kong to try ‘ambush lockdowns’ where neighbourhoods are closed off without warning and everyone inside subjected to tests.
Half of Peru’s population, including residents of the capital Lima, will enter a two-week lockdown at the end of January with authorities reporting a spike in deaths.
China is using rectal swabs to test those it deems at ‘high risk’ of infection with doctors citing higher efficacy as virus traces ‘linger longer’ in the anus.
Iceland issues its first digital certificates to ease international movement for vaccinated travellers, including 4,800 Icelanders who’ve already received two doses.
The Biden administration says the US government is purchasing an additional 200 million Pfizer and Moderna jabs and will have enough to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of the summer.
The US technology stalwart says its profits rose 17 per cent from a year ago to $43.1 billion as the pandemic pushed work, play and socialising on to the cloud.
Colombian defence minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo, who had overseen the government’s fight against drug gangs and guerrillas, dies of coronavirus at 69.
Clashes between lockdown protesters and police in northern Lebanese city Tripoli — one of the country’s poorest — injure at least 45 as frustration with tight restrictions boils over.
Russia’s capital announces further easing of restrictions citing the improving health situation, even as many countries tighten anti-virus measures.
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