260,973 new cases and 4,100 new deaths in the United States
Both are new world record!
USA has surpassed 4,000 new deaths!
the number of new cases is new record??? just 260k
21,832 new cases in South Africa (new national record)
It had a surge since 20 Dec. and stayed at the peak since then.
Zimbabwe health system overwhelmed as country goes into new strict lockdown, doctors say
Doctors in Zimbabwe have said the health system is overwhelmed and could collapse as the country battles a new wave of infections that has prompted a strict new 30-day lockdown.
After the Christmas holidays, Zimbabwe recorded an increase in Covid-19 infections and deaths, raising fears for an already fragile healthcare system.
The government has urged citizens to adhere to the lockdown, which includes movement restrictions to all but the most essential services.
The reopening of schools has been postponed indefinitely, following a Covid-19 outbreak in schools last term, while shops will only be open until 3 pm daily.
A dusk-to-dawn curfew is also in place to avoid night gatherings and events.
610 new cases and 13 new deaths in Zimbabwe
The national records of new cases and new desths were both set on 5 Jan.
Portugal reports record 10,027 Covid-19 infections, as president goes into isolation
Portuguese health authorities have reported 10,027 new coronavirus infections, the highest daily increase since the pandemic started.
It is the first time the daily number of infections has gone above 10,000.
The previous daily record was 7,627 new infections, which were reported on December 31.
In total, 446,606 people in Portugal have been diagnosed with the disease since the global outbreak reached the country.
The record daily increase comes as the 72-year-old Portuguese president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, was forced to go into isolation after a member of his staff tested positive for Covid-19, according to a statement from the Portuguese presidency on Wednesday. The president had been in contact with the staff member on Monday,
Portugal has also reported an additional 91 deaths from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours.
A total of 7,377 people in the country have died since the pandemic started.
Seychelles reports its first Covid-19 related death
Seychelles reported its first Covid-19 related death on January 3, according to the country's Ministry of Health.
The patient was a 57-year-old Seychellois man who was hospitalized at the country's isolation and treatment center, the Health Ministry said.
"This is the first such death occurring in Seychelles and comes amid an uptick of new Covid-19 cases," the ministry said in a statement.
The ministry reported 19 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases on the island to 373.
Of these cases, 142 are currently active.
"All who have tested positive are in isolation and contact-tracing and testing efforts continue," the ministry statement said.
The total population of Seychelles is 96,762.
Denmark bans entry for travelers from South Africa over variant fears
Denmark has banned travelers from South Africa from entry and is discouraging travel to the African nation, due to a new Covid-19 variant first detected there.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark now advises against all travel, including business travel, to the whole of South Africa, according to a press release published Tuesday night.
The variant has a pattern of mutation which troubles scientists and appears to make the virus more easily transmitted. Another variant first detected in the UK has prompted similar global concern.
Czech Republic reports more than 17,000 new Covid-19 cases in new daily record