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The United States saw 83,718 new cases reported nationally on Saturday, nearly matching the record 83,757 infections reported on Friday, as US Vice President Mike Pence announced that he will continue campaigning on Sunday, despite his chief of staff and four other top aides having tested positive for coronavirus.
Meanwhile Spain’s prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, declared a new nationwide state of emergency on Sunday – including a curfew – in the hope of stemming a resurgence in coronavirus infections. The Socialist leader told the nation in a televised address that the extraordinary measure will go into effect on Sunday from 11pm to 6am.
The World Health Organization’s coronavirus dashboard showed a third consecutive daily record high
in the number of new confirmed cases. Nearly half of Saturday’s new cases were registered in the WHO’s Europe
region, which logged a one-day record high of 221,898 cases.
The WHO chief warned against “vaccine nationalism”,
calling for global solidarity in the rollout of any future coronavirus vaccine, as the number of cases soared across the world. In a video address at the opening of the three-day World Health Summit in Berlin, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,“It is natural that countries want to protect their own citizens first but if and when we have an effective vaccine, we must also use it effectively. And the best way to do that is to vaccinate some people in all countries rather than all people in some countries.”
Australia’s coronavirus hot spot of Victoria on Monday reported zero cases of coronavirus for the first time since June,
a day after the state delayed the easing of restrictions because of a fresh outbreak in Melbourne’s
France registered 52,010 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours,
following a record 45,422 on Saturday, the health ministry said in a statement on Sunday. It also said that 116 people had died from coronavirus infection over the past 24 hours, compared to from 137 on Saturday, taking the total confirmed death toll to 34,761.
An official from China’s Xinjiang health commission said that 137 new asymptomatic cases have been detected in the region
. All of the new cases were linked to a garment factory.
The prime minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte announced a raft of new restrictions
and warned that the country’s escalating coronavirus infection rate was already having a worrying impact on hospitals. Italy reported a new daily record of 21,273 coronavirus cases with 128 deaths, health ministry figures showed on Sunday, up from the 19,644 new infections reported on Saturday.
Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sánchez has declared a new nationwide state of emergency
in the hope of stemming a resurgence in coronavirus infections. He said: “The reality is that Europe
and Spain are immersed in a second wave of the pandemic.”
The number of new coronavirus cases in the Netherlands has risen by more than 10,000 in 24 hours,
according to newly released official data
The US’s top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci told the BBC that he expected news on whether a vaccine is safe and effective by December,
but noted that a wide rollout was unlikely “until the second or third quarter of [next] year”. He also acknowledged that Donald Trump’s public statements on several key issues had not “followed the science”.
In Indonesia, the health ministry reported 3,732 new coronavirus infections
, and 94 deaths, bringing the totals to 389,712 cases and 13,299 deaths – the highest totals in south-east Asia.
In Hungary, there were 3,149 new cases of coronavirus reported on Sunday,
the highest single-day tally and jumping above 3,000 for the first time.
The Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas in the United States said it was “extremely disappointed”
after the Trump administration pulled out of a deal offering the Christmas legends early access to a Covid-19 vaccine in exchange for promoting it.