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Highlights: Coronavirus cases in Europe surpass 25 million

Top US health officials encouraged states to start vaccinating people more widely, acknowledging that the immunization rollout has been slower than anticipated.

By hindustantimes.com | Updated: Jan 08, 2021 00:08 IST
Highlights: Coronavirus cases in Europe surpass 25 million
A health worker in personal protective equipment (PPE) checks the temperature of passengers amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), at a railway station in Mumbai.

The number of infections due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) globally reached 87,150,958 after after the outbreak continues to spread acorss the countries. The number of people succumbing to the disease was at 1,881,926.

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Meanwhile, top US health officials encouraged states to start vaccinating people more widely, acknowledging that the immunization rollout has been slower than anticipated. Moderna Inc.’s vaccine won European Union approval.

In India, the country maintained downward trend in the Covid-19 fatalities as it reported reported less than 300 deaths for the past 13 consecutive days.

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03:50 PM IST

Virus restrictions heightened in China province

Lockdown measures were being imposed in a northern Chinese province where coronavirus cases more than doubled in the region near Beijing that's due to host some events in next year's Winter Olympics. Rail, air and highway connections to the Hebei capital of Shijiazhuang, a city of at least 10 million people, have been suspended and prevention and control measured tightened over urban communities and villages in the area. Classes have been suspended and school dormitories isolated.

03:27 PM IST

Spain will receive 600,000 doses of Moderna vaccine in next six weeks, minister says

Spain will receive 600,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine against coronavirus within the coming six weeks as part of the European Union contract, Health Minister Salvador Illa said on Thursday. Illa, who announced he would run for presidency of the wealthy region of Catalonia, also said he would stay on as health minister until he begins campaigning for the elections, due in February.

01:11 PM IST

Japan to impose state of emergency in Tokyo

Japanese authorities are set to impose a one-month state of emergency in Tokyo and three neighbouring prefectures after an advisory panel signed off on it Thursday, while the capital announced a record 2,447 new coronavirus cases.

12:04 PM IST

China reports biggest spike in daily Covid-19 cases

China reported the biggest rise in daily Covid-19 cases in more than five months as Heibei province authorities imposed stricter curbs.

09:51 AM IST

India records 20,346 fresh cases in the last 24 hours

India on Thursday recorded 20,346 fresh cases in the last 24 hours. The final tally now stands at 10,395,278.

08:56 AM IST

US states urged to widen vaccination drive

Top US health officials encouraged states to start vaccinating people more widely, acknowledging that the immunization rollout has been slower than anticipated and opening the spigot for a broader range of Americans to begin getting shots.

08:53 AM IST

India reports under 300 new Covid-19 deaths for nearly 2 weeks

India has been reporting less than 300 deaths due to coronavirus disease (Covid-19) for the past 13 consecutive days, even as the total of number of people having succumbed to the viral infection in the country has crossed 150,000.

First published: Jan 07, 2021 08:47 IST