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Connecticut, Texas and Pennsylvania reported their first cases of the virus variant that helped trigger a UK lockdown amid concern that Covid-19 deaths in the US are likely to maintain a near-record pace at least through January.
The number of infections due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) globally reached 87,941,154 with the United States still accounting for most of the case. The number of people succumbing to the disease was at 1,895,814.
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As pandemic continued to worsen in the United States, it recorded its highest number of fatalities in a single after nearly 4,000 people died of the virus. This comes as experts have raised that Covid-19 deaths in the US are likely to maintain a near-record pace at least through January.
Meanwhile, Connecticut, Texas and Pennsylvania reported their first cases of the new virus variant that triggered a lockdown in the United Kingdom.
In UK, British medics will be able to give Covid-19 shots to hundreds of thousands of people every day by January 15, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said. Brazil surpassed 200,000 virus deaths, second only to the US, on a day when it reported the most infections of the pandemic.
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France ready to tighten coronavirus curbs, says PM
Amid the second wave in the country, the French government said that it may tighten coronavirus restrictions in the country as to ease some pressure off its hospital system. "We will not only keep the measures already in place ... but will be ready to toughen them the moment we see that it is necessary," said Prime Minister Jean Castex.
First published: Jan 08, 2021 06:50 IST