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World Factbox: Latest on worldwide spread of the coronavirus

00:50  28 november  2020
00:50  28 november  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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A record surge in coronavirus cases in the United States is pushing hospitals to the brink of capacity and killing up to 1,000 people a day, with cases A member of the medical staff receives a flu vaccine at the department where patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are treated in

* India is restricting the export of most diagnostic testing kits, as coronavirus cases topped 3,350 on Sunday. The country has imposed a three-week nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the disease. * Australian health officials said they were cautiously optimistic about the slowing spread of

(Reuters) - Some European nations eased COVID-19 curbs ahead of the holiday season, while the rate of U.S. hospitalizations hit the highest since the pandemic began just as festive gatherings are expected to propel the next wave of infections.

a group of people walking down a street: People shop on Black Friday in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware © Reuters/JOSHUA ROBERTS People shop on Black Friday in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

DEATHS AND INFECTIONS

* For an interactive graphic tracking the global spread of COVID-19, open https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps/ in an external browser.

* Eikon users, see COVID-19: MacroVitals https://apac1.apps.cp.thomsonreuters.com/cms/?navid=1592404098 for a case tracker and summary of news.

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* Japan's plan to more than triple its coronavirus testing is unlikely to improve its fight against the outbreak without an overhaul in the test approval process, experts say. * A more infectious mutation of the novel coronavirus has been found in Indonesia, the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology said.

* World -record sprinter and eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt has tested positive for the novel coronavirus and is self-isolating at his * The Australian state at the centre of the country's coronavirus second wave reported 148 new cases, more than the previous day but well down from

EUROPE

* Belgium will let shops reopen from Tuesday, but keep other curbs over the festive period, while Italy will ease anti-COVID restrictions in five regions from Sunday. Ireland will allow shops, restaurants, gyms and pubs serving food to reopen next week, and permit travel between counties from Dec. 18

A health worker in personal protective equipment (PPE) checks the temperature of a passenger at a railway station, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Mumbai © Reuters/FRANCIS MASCARENHAS A health worker in personal protective equipment (PPE) checks the temperature of a passenger at a railway station, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Mumbai

* The COVID-19 epidemic in Britain is shrinking slightly, with the reproduction "R" number estimated to be below 1, government scientists said.

AMERICAS

* Doctors believe most Canadians could be vaccinated against the coronavirus by next September rather than the end of 2021 as previously projected, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

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The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New Jersey. (Reuters) - More than 3.52 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 246,910 have died, according to a Reuters tally as of 0200 GMT on Monday.

* The coronavirus could kill between 83,000 and 190,000 people in Africa in the first year and infect between 29 million and 44 million in the first year if it is not * The United Nations on Thursday more than tripled its appeal to help vulnerable countries combat the spread and destabilizing effects of the

* Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he will not take a vaccine, while the governor of Sao Paulo state floated the idea of rolling out one without approval from the national health regulator.


Video: Vaccine progress lifts stocks, dollar still sickly (Reuters)

ASIA-PACIFIC

* The World Health Organization's top emergency expert said it would be "highly speculative" for the WHO to say the coronavirus did not emerge in China.

* Malaysia has agreed to buy 12.8 million doses of Pfizer's vaccine, becoming the first country in Southeast Asia to announce a deal with the U.S. drugmaker after some expressed reservations over the need for ultra-cold storage.

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

* Mass vaccination against COVID-19 is unlikely to start in Africa until midway through next year and keeping vaccines cold could be a big challenge, the continent's disease control group said.

UK rules to be eased over Christmas - but England's tier system will be strengthened after lockdown

  UK rules to be eased over Christmas - but England's tier system will be strengthened after lockdown Boris Johnson is poised to announce up to a week of freedom from COVID-19 restrictions at Christmas - but tough rules will remain in force in England after the national lockdown ends on 2 December. The aim - subject to agreement from the governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - is for a UK-wide relaxation of rules, reportedly from 22 to 28 December, so that several families can join in one "bubble".It is also likely that, under the "four nations" plan, families will be allowed to attend Christmas church services and that pubs and restaurants may be able to open for a limited period over the holiday period.

* Russia on Monday reported 6,537 new coronavirus cases, pushing its overall tally to 733,699, the fourth largest reported in the world . * The number of confirmed cases in Germany increased by 159 to 198,963, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Monday.

© Reuters/NATALIE MAERZLUFT People wear masks to help slow the spread of coronavirus disease in Iqaluit. (Reuters) - The U.S. COVID-19 death toll * British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defended his government's handling of the procurement of protective equipment during the pandemic after a

* Turkey's daily death toll hit a record high for a fifth consecutive day, Health Ministry data showed.

MEDICAL DEVELOPMENTS

* Britain asked its regulator to assess AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine for a possible rollout, while the Philippines and Thailand secured millions of doses, giving the shot a vote of confidence after experts raised questions about trial data.

* Ten COVID-19 vaccines could be available by the middle of next year if they win regulatory approval, but their inventors need patent protection, the head of the global pharmaceutical industry group said.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

* World stocks rose to close at a fresh high and remained on track for their strongest monthly performance on record but the Nasdaq outperformed on Wall Street and Treasury yields fell, indicating lingering concerns over rising cases globally.[MKTS/GLOB]

* Canada next week will reveal the breadth of the emergency spending it has made during the pandemic and lay the groundwork for future stimulus and social measures, like a national childcare program, government sources told Reuters.

* Kenya's central bank has cut its forecast for 2020 economic growth by more than half, joining the Treasury in realising that the coronavirus had inflicted more damage to the economy than previously thought.

(Compiled by Devika Syamnath and Linda Pasquini; Edited by Louise Heavens and Sriraj Kalluvila)

MP taunts rest of the world after UK wins race to develop COVID jab .
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