As of 8 a.m. on December 20 there were over 76 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 52 million recoveries.
The United States is leading the world in both COVID-19 infections and fatalities, with over 17 million confirmed cases and over 315,000 deaths. India’s coronavirus cases topped 10 million on Saturday, the second hard-hit nation after the U.S.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a “stay at home” order for London and southeast England to slow a new virus strain. Scotland and Wales also tightened restrictions.
The Dutch government on Sunday banned all passenger flights from the UK after finding a case in the Netherlands of a new coronavirus strain that has been circulating in the UK.
Thailand confirmed 576 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, the country’s highest daily tally, including 516 migrant workers.