Covid19 Tracker – The latest on the Coronavirus outbreak from around the world

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Since 31 December 2019 and as of 12 December 2020, 70 332 414 cases of COVID-19 (in accordance with the applied case definitions and testing strategies in the affected countries) have been reported, including 1 596 000 deaths.

As on Saturday, the situation in Malta was updated by the government as follows:

OFFICIAL COVID-19 figures for 12•12•2020 Chris Fearne | MaltaGov | Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Directorate

Posted by saħħa on Saturday, 12 December 2020

Cases have been reported from:

Africa: 2 345 168 cases; the five countries reporting most cases are South Africa (845 083), Morocco (394 564), Egypt (120 611), Ethiopia (115 782) and Tunisia (109 104).

Asia: 16 644 328 cases; the five countries reporting most cases are India (9 826 775), Iran (1 092 617), Indonesia (605 243), Iraq (572 600) and Bangladesh (487 849).

America: 30 331 817 cases; the five countries reporting most cases are United States (15 851 014), Brazil (6 836 227), Argentina (1 489 328), Colombia (1 408 909) and Mexico (1 229 379).

Europe: 20 957 011 cases; the five countries reporting most cases are Russia (2 597 711), France (2 351 372), United Kingdom (1 809 455), Italy (1 805 873) and Spain (1 730 575).

Oceania: 53 394 cases; the five countries reporting most cases are Australia (28 012), French Polynesia (15 618), Guam (7 090), New Zealand (1 736) and Papua New Guinea (720).

Other: 696 cases have been reported from an international conveyance in Japan.

Deaths have been reported from:

Africa: 55 646 deaths; the five countries reporting most deaths are South Africa (22 952), Egypt (6 877), Morocco (6 542), Tunisia (3 801) and Algeria (2 575).

Asia: 287 978 deaths; the five countries reporting most deaths are India (142 628), Iran (51 728), Indonesia (18 511), Iraq (12 549) and Pakistan (8 724).

America: 778 696 deaths; the five countries reporting most deaths are United States (295 522), Brazil (180 437), Mexico (113 019), Argentina (40 606) and Colombia (38 669).

Europe: 472 520 deaths; the five countries reporting most deaths are United Kingdom (63 506), Italy (63 387), France (57 567), Spain (47 624) and Russia (46 504).

Oceania: 1 153 deaths; the five countries reporting most deaths are Australia (908), Guam (117), French Polynesia (91), New Zealand (25) and Papua New Guinea (8).

Other: 7 deaths have been reported from an international conveyance in Japan.

EUROPE

* Germany will have to shut down more parts of society before Christmas.

* United Kingdom will cut the self-isolation period for COVID-19 to 10 days from 14.

* Greece will allow hair salons and bookstores to reopen during the Christmas season but keep most other retail shops shut.

* Switzerland has ordered restaurants, bars and shops to close down from 7 p.m. across much of the nation. [nL8N2IR3NT

* Some Spanish ski stations are set to open next week while observing nationwide restrictions. France will also let ski resorts reopen lifts on Jan. 7 if the COVID-19 situation allows, a minister said.

AMERICAS

* The WHO expects to decide whether to give emergency use approval to vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca in the coming weeks, its chief scientist said.

* Longer-range forecasts project the second wave of the coronavirus spreading rapidly through Canada, and all the major provinces need to impose more restrictions.

* U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least Jan. 21.

* New York City’s restaurants must stop serving meals indoors, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

* U.S. workers could soon face choices such as free COVID-19 shots and a cash bonus if all get immunized, or those unwilling to be vaccinated get reassigned or even lose their jobs.

ASIA-PACIFIC

* India will deploy its vast election machinery to deliver 600 million doses of vaccines to the most vulnerable people in the next six to eight months through conventional cold chain systems, the expert leading the initiative said.

* The ability of developing countries in Asia to fight the pandemic got a boost after the Asian Development Bank said it has launched a $9 billion facility to help nations access and deliver vaccines.

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

* Nigeria may be on the verge of a second wave of infections, its health minister warned.

* South African Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng dismissed concerns that he might be endangering people’s health by linking coronavirus vaccines to a “Satanic agenda”.

MEDICAL DEVELOPMENTS

* Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline delayed the launch of their COVID-19 vaccine, while AstraZeneca said it would investigate combining its experimental COVID-19 vaccine with the Russian shot.

* Five key genes are linked with the most severe form of COVID-19, scientists said.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

* Global stock indexes eased and the dollar rose on Friday amid continued concerns over the timing of more U.S. economic stimulus.

* U.S. producer prices barely rose in November, supporting views that inflation would remain benign in the near term.

* The Bank of Japan is likely to decide next week to extend a range of steps aimed at easing corporate funding strains as a resurgence of infections cloud the economic outlook.

* Nigeria’s economy is likely to contract by 3.25% this year before rebounding to growth of 1.5% in 2021, the International Monetary Fund said.

(Compiled by Devika Syamnath and Bartosz Dabrowski; Editing by Mark Heinrich and Anil D’Silva)

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