Global Covid cases pass 73 million – US infections pass 16.5 million

Global: Global coronavirus infections have passed 73 million. Meanwhile, the global coronavirus death toll has passed 1,624,000 according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

The World Health Organization is aware of a genetic variant of the virus identified in about 1,000 individuals in the UK, Executive Director Michael Ryan said during a press briefing on Monday. “This virus evolves and changes over time, and we’ve seen different variants emerge,” Ryan said. “The question is whether there is significance in public health terms,” since mutations of the virus are “quite common.” The WHO is working with an international laboratory network to see if the variant is becoming more prevalent internationally, he adds.

US: US Covid-19 infections have passed 16.5 million. Meanwhile, the US coronavirus death toll is 300,723 according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

France: France has reported 3,063 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, sharply down from Sunday’s 11,533, but the number of people admitted to hospital with the disease went up for the third consecutive day.

Poland: Poland faces a real threat of a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, health minister Adam Niedzielski said on Monday, adding he would recommend that current restrictions continue until at least 17 January.

UK: The UK reported 20,263 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, taking the total figure over the past seven days to 131,708, up 21.6% compared with the previous seven-day number, official data showed.

India: India added 22,065 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the federal Health Ministry reported Tuesday, the lowest number since early July. With more than 9.9 million cases, the country remains the world’s second-most affected nation after the US As many as 143,709 people have died from the virus in the country, the third-highest in the world

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