As of 11 p.m. on December 15 there were over 73 million coronavirus cases globally, with the death toll hitting more than 1.6 million, according to John Hopkins University. The good news is that there are over 51 million recoveries.

The United States is leading the world in both COVID-19 infections and fatalities, with over 16 million confirmed cases and over 300,000 deaths.

South Korea reported 1,078 more cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, raising the total infections to over 45,000. It marked the highest daily caseload, surpassing the previous high of 1,030 tallied on Sunday.

London has moved into the highest level of coronavirus restrictions in an effort to control rising infection rates, dealing another blow to hospitality venues before Christmas.

After a so-called “intelligent lockdown” at the beginning of the pandemic, and a “partial lockdown” in the fall, the Netherlands is now choosing an almost total lockdown for the next five weeks.


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