As of 12 p.m. on December 29 there were over 82 million coronavirus cases globally, with the death toll hitting more than 1.7 million, according to John Hopkins University. The good news is that there are over 56 million recoveries.
The United States is leading the world in both COVID-19 infections and fatalities, with over 19 million confirmed cases and over 337,000 deaths.
A new variant of the novel coronavirus does not appear to cause more severe illness than other variants, according to a matched study by Public Health England.
Denmark has extended a hard lockdown for two weeks, until January 17, to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Turkey received its first shipment of China’s Sinovac vaccines early on Wednesday, almost a week after Ankara said the vaccine was safe and effective, based on interim Phase III trial results.
The shipment of 3 million doses, part of a total of 50 million, was set to arrive on December 11 but faced setbacks.