Intensifying Covid-19 Crisis

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More than 133 million people have tested positive for the coronavirus since the first case was reported in 2019 and there have been more than 2.9 million deaths across the world. India has imposed night curfews in dozens of cities and towns after reporting 126,789 new COVID-19 cases, a record high of daily infections amid an accelerated second wave. As India struggles to contain the current wave, New Zealand suspended entry for all travelers from the South Asian country, including its own citizens. The decision came after New Zealand detected 23 new cases at its border, of which 17 were from India. More than 1.3 million new cases were registered this past week throughout the Americas, and more than 37,000 people died because of the virus. Qatar has announced a series of coronavirus-related restrictions on education, leisure and business activities, including closing cafés and restaurants, as daily infections have been rising steadily in recent weeks. With the new measures museums, cinemas, libraries, and nurseries will be closed. Turkey recorded 54,740 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, health ministry data showed the highest daily cases since the start of the pandemic. Africa has recorded more than 4.2 million cases and over 114,000 deaths but the true extent of the pandemic in many African countries is not revealed as testing rates are low. South Africa, with more than 1.5 million cases, is the worst affected country on the continent, according to official figures. Morocco, Egypt, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, Nigeria and Kenya have also recorded more than 100,000 cases. Several coronavirus vaccines against the virus have now been approved for use, either by individual countries or groups of countries, such as the European Union and the World Health Organization (WHO). Of the 151 countries and territories administering vaccines and publishing rollout data, 65 are high-income nations, 76 are middle-income, and 10 low-income.

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