- The UK is gearing up to become the first country to release the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by initially making the injection available in hospitals and then distributing the supplies to medical clinics.
- According to Johns Hopkins University, the US recorded a record number of cases for the third day in a row, with nearly 230,000 new infections on Saturday.
- Worldwide, more than 1.5 million people have died from COVID-19, and 42 million people have recovered from it.
Here are the latest updates:
Indonesian minister arrested for corruption related to aid pandemic
Indonesia’s minister of social affairs has been arrested for allegedly taking $ 1.2 million in bribes related to food aid to people affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Juliari Batubara was named as a suspect after Indonesian anti-corruption agents seized suitcases, backpacks and envelopes stuffed with cash worth $ 1.2 million on Saturday.
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Russia reports a record number of 29,039 new COVID-19 cases
Russia has reported a record 29,039 new cases, bringing the total to 2,460,770 in the country since the start of the pandemic.
Authorities confirmed 457 COVID-19-related deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the official national death toll to 43,141.
The “millionaire tax” for virus relief passes through the Argentine Senate
The Argentine Senate has imposed a tax on around 12,000 richest people in the country to pay for coronavirus measures, including medical supplies and aid to poor and small businesses.
During a session broadcast live on YouTube and after a long and polarizing debate, the so-called solidarity levy was signed with 42 votes in favor and 26 against, as the pro-government alliance won a majority.
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Germany confirms that the number of coronavirus cases has increased by 17,767
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 17,767 to 1,171,323, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) data for infectious diseases.
The number of reported fatalities increased by 255 to 18,772, the result showed.
The UK is preparing to introduce the COVID-19 vaccine
The first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are scheduled to be delivered on Tuesday, and the National Health Service (NHS) will give top priority to vaccinating people over 80, first-line health care workers, and nursing home and resident staff.
Britain was the first country to do so to approve an emergency vaccine on Wednesday. In total, the government ordered 40 million doses – enough to vaccinate 20 million people in a country of 67 million people.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will be vaccinated within weeks, reports Mail on Sunday. The 94-year-old monarch and her 99-year-old husband Prince Philip are in the line for early immunization due to their age and are not receiving any preferential treatment.
China is preparing to introduce large-scale vaccines
Provincial authorities across China are placing orders for the country-produced experimental coronavirus vaccines, although health officials have yet to say how well they are working or how they will be delivered to the country’s 1.4 billion people.
The Chinese pharmaceutical industry is testing at least five vaccines from four manufacturers in over a dozen countries, including Russia, Egypt and Mexico.
Meanwhile, Mainland China has reported 18 new cases of COVID-19, down from 17 on Saturday, the national health authority said. The new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed, have dropped to two from 12 days earlier. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in mainland China is 86,619 so far, while the death toll is 4,634.
South Korea Strengthens Social Distancing Rules: Report
The South Korean government has tightened physical distance requirements in Seoul’s capital, Yonhap news agency said, as the country has been struggling with its worst coronavirus infections in nine months.
South Korea has reported 631 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing a total of 37,546 in the country, with 545 deaths.
Australian State Eases Restrictions On COVID Safe Summer
The state of Victoria in Australia eased restrictions after a hotspot hit 37 days in a pandemic country with no new coronavirus infections, heading towards a ‘COVID safe’ holiday season.
From midnight on Sunday, up to 100 people will be able to attend public gatherings such as weddings, while maintaining the principle of one person per two square meters, and 50 percent of office workers will be able to return to work by January 11, compared to the current 25 percent. said the state prime minister.