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Coronavirus cases worldwide
top 65 million – AFP tally
– More than 65 million cases of the novel coronavirus have been detected
worldwide, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 07:50 (GMT)
total, 65 084 394 cases, leading to 1 504 984 deaths, have been recorded around
the world since the virus emerged in China late last year.
rise can be explained only in part by increased testing, with Europe and the
United States confronted by a major new wave of infections.
with more than 19 million confirmed cases including 430 000 fatalities, remains
the region with the most infections.
the past week, almost 1.7 million new infections have been recorded in 52
European countries, a similar level to the prior seven days.
United States has recorded over 14 million infections (including 276 000
deaths) – a fifth of the global total.
Moderna vaccine confers at
least 3 months immunity – study
– The Moderna Covid-19 vaccine, which the company says was recently
demonstrated to have 94% efficacy, causes the human immune system to produce
potent antibodies that endure for at least three months, a study showed on Thursday.
at the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which
co-developed the drug, studied the immune response of 34 adult participants,
young and old, from the first stage of a clinical trial.
in the New England Journal of Medicine, they said that the antibodies, which
stop the SARS-CoV-2 virus from invading human cells, “declined slightly
over time, as expected, but they remained elevated in all participants 3 months
after the booster vaccination”.
vaccine, called mRNA-1273, is administered in two injections given 28 days
though the number of antibodies in the study subjects faded over time, it is
not necessarily a cause for concern.
director Anthony Fauci and other experts have said it is very likely that the
immune system will remember the virus if re-exposed later on, and then produce
Moderna to supply up to 125
million Covid-19 vaccine doses globally in first quarter
Inc said on Thursday it expects to have between 100 million and 125 million
doses of its experimental Covid-19 vaccine available globally in the first
quarter of 2021.
company said 85 million to 100 million of those doses would be available in the
United States, with 15 million to 25 million available outside the country.
first-quarter doses are within the 500 million to up to 1 billion doses the
company expects to manufacture globally in 2021, Moderna said.
from an early-stage trial showed that the vaccine, mRNA-1273, produced high
levels of binding and neutralising antibodies that declined slightly over time,
but remained elevated in all participants three months after the booster
vaccination, the company said.
WHO looks at e-certificates
for Covid-19 vaccination
– The World Health Organisation (WHO) said it was considering introducing
electronic vaccination certificates, as hopes for an end to the pandemic were
boosted after Britain became the first country to approve use of a Covid-19
are looking very closely into the use of technology in this Covid-19 response
and one of them is how can we work with members states towards something called
an e-vaccination certificate,” WHO Europe expert Siddhartha Datta told an
online press briefing on Thursday.
such a certificate, which would make it possible to identify and monitor people
who have been vaccinated, has not been finalised and would have to be drawn up
in accordance with national laws, Datta said.
would not be an immunity passport, which is supposed to assure that its carrier
is protected against the disease because they have been infected and recovered.
do not recommend immunity passports,” said Catherine Smallwood, the WHO’s
senior emergency officer for Europe.
US registers record of more
than 210 000 new Covid cases in 24 hours – Johns Hopkins
– The United States recorded more than 210 000 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours on
Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University, in an all-time high for the
country since the start of the pandemic.
number of new deaths over the same period was 2 907, the university said, one
of the worst US daily tolls yet according to figures recorded by AFP at 20:30
(01:30 GMT Friday).
Brazil Covid-19 death toll surpasses 175 000, with almost 6.5 million
– Brazil reported 50 434 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in
the past 24 hours, and 755 deaths from Covid-19, the Health Ministry said on
South American country has now registered 6 487 084 cases since the pandemic
began, while the official death toll has risen to 175 270, according to
ministry data. It is the world’s third worst outbreak outside the United States
California to ban gatherings
and ‘non-essential’ activities
Angeles – California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday announced new state-wide
bans on gatherings and “non-essential” activities, as hospitals in
the nation’s most populous state face being overwhelmed by record Covid-19
limits will come into effect once capacity in intensive care units hits 15% or
lower – a development expected in four of California’s five regions “as
early as the next day or two”.
are announcing and introducing a regional ‘stay-at-home’ order in the state of
California, fundamentally predicated on the need to stop gathering with people
outside of your household,” said Newsom.
a region is placed under the new limits, an “emergency brake” will
last for a minimum of three weeks, and the gathering of people from different
households will be banned.
wineries and personal services such as hair salons will be temporarily closed.
also establishing a framework where all non-essential travel is as well
temporarily restricted state-wide,” said Newsom.
Hackers targeting Covid-19
vaccine supply chain, IBM warns
York – With multiple vaccines close to becoming available in a world gripped by
the coronavirus pandemic, manufacturers have become the target of hackers
trying to steal trade secrets or disrupt supply chains.
warned on Thursday that it had uncovered a series of cyberattacks, potentially
carried out by state actors, against companies involved in the effort to
distribute vaccine doses, which must be kept cold.
said the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs
Union was one target of the attacks, as well as European and Asian companies
involved in the supply chain, whose names have not been disclosed.
team recently uncovered a global phishing campaign targeting organisations
associated with a Covid-19 cold chain,” Claire Zaboeva and Melissa
Frydrych, analysts for IBM X-Force, a cyber security working group, wrote in a
purpose “may have been to harvest credentials, possibly to gain future
unauthorised access to corporate networks and sensitive information relating to
the Covid-19 vaccine distribution.”
was unclear if the attacks were successful, IBM said, and while it could not
identify those behind the attacks, the precision of the operation signals
“the potential hallmarks of nation-state tradecraft”.
Costa Rica signs Covid-19 vaccine deal with Pfizer and BioNTech
JOSE – Costa Rica has signed an agreement with pharmaceutical companies Pfizer
Inc and its German partner BioNTech SE for the manufacture and delivery of 3
million Covid-19 vaccines next year, the office of President Carlos Alvarado
said on Thursday.
will be made throughout the four quarters of 2021, as established in an initial
agreement announced on 1 October, the president’s office said in a statement.
deal will allow Costa Rica to provide two doses to 1.5 million people and
follows accords with AstraZeneca and the Covax mechanism backed by the World
Health Organisation. In total, the agreements should cover about 3 million
people, or almost 60% of the Costa Rican population.
Central American country has so far registered some 142 505 cases of
coronavirus and 1 757 related deaths.
Seoul to shut down most establishments at 21:00 to contain
coronavirus – official
Korea’s capital Seoul will require most establishments to close at 21:00 each
day, acting Seoul mayor Seo Jeong-hyup told a briefing on Friday, to prevent
the spread of coronavirus.
measure takes effect on Saturday and comes after Seoul alone reported 295 new
coronavirus infections as of midnight Thursday.
South Korea reports 629 new coronavirus cases, highest in nine
– South Korea reported 629 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest number
in nine months.
the new cases, 295 were from capital Seoul alone, the Korea Disease Control and
Prevention Agency reported.
India records 36 595 new coronavirus cases
– India’s daily coronavirus cases rose by less than 40 000 for the fifth
straight day, health ministry data showed on Friday, with 36 595 new infections
reported in the last 24 hours.
daily rate has fallen since the south Asian nation reported the world’s highest
such tallies through most of August and September, despite a busy festival
season last month that experts had warned could trigger a spike in infections.
tally is now at 9.57 million and remains the world’s second-highest after the
United States, where there have been nearly 14 million infections.
in India rose by 540, the ministry said, with the total now at 139 188.
confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 23 449 – RKI
– The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 23 449 to 1
130 238, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases
showed on Friday.
reported death toll rose by 432 to 18 034, the tally showed.
Mexico reports 11 030 new coronavirus cases, 608 more deaths
CITY – Mexico’s health ministry on Thursday reported 11 030 new confirmed cases
of coronavirus infection and 608 additional fatalities, bringing the total in
the country to 1 144 643 cases and 108 173 deaths.
government says the real number of infected people is likely significantly
higher than the confirmed cases.
Russia reports 27 403 new coronavirus cases, 569 deaths
– Russia reported 27 403 new coronavirus cases on Friday, including 6 868 in
Moscow, taking the national total to 2 402 949 since the pandemic began.
also confirmed 569 deaths related to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, pushing the
official national death toll to 42 176.
China reports 17 new Covid-19 cases vs 16 a day earlier
– Mainland China reported 17 new Covid-19 cases on 3 December, up from 16 cases
a day earlier, the country’s national health authority said on Friday.
National Health Commission, in a statement, said 15 of the new cases were
imported infections originating from overseas. There were also two locally
transmitted infections in the Inner Mongolia region, the commission said.
number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed
cases, rose to 12 from five cases a day earlier.
total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Mainland China now stands at 86 584,
while the death toll remained unchanged at 4 634.
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