Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:
50 million cases
Global coronavirus infections exceeded 50 million on Sunday,
according to a Reuters tally, with a second wave of the virus in the
past 30 days accounting for a quarter of the total.October was
the worst month for the pandemic so far, with the United States
becoming the first country to report more than 100 000 daily cases. A
surge in Europe contributed to the rise.
The latest seven-day average shows global daily infections are rising by more than 540 000.
The United States remains the most affected country, with 237 123 deaths. The countries with the next-highest death tolls are Brazil with 162 269, India with 126 121, and Mexico with 94 808.
Biden to name scientist
President-elect Joe Biden vows to name a group of top scientists to his coronavirus task force as early as Monday, making the pledge during his first speech since being projected as winner of the US election.
Portugal curfew
Portugal will introduce a curfew across most of the country from Monday in an effort to combat surging case numbers, Prime Minister Antonio Costa announces.
School meals U-turn
The UK government caves in to a campaign by Manchester United star Marcus Rashford, promising to give free meals to poorer children over the coronavirus-afflicted Christmas holidays and beyond.
The government has already made one U-turn over the free school meals scheme for the summer holidays.
UK honours war dead on virus-hit Remembrance Day
Britain falls in tribute to its war dead as royals and politicians commemorate a low-key Remembrance Day without the usual solemn pageantry, owing to the pandemic.
Gymnastics showing the way
A gymnastics competition in Japan provides a glimpse of what the delayed Tokyo Olympics may look like next summer as fans attend the country’s first international sporting competition since the shutdown.
The gymnastics “Friendship and Solidarity Competition” gathers around 30 athletes from Japan, China, Russia and the US to compete in tightly controlled bio-secure conditions.
– AFP, Reuters