Coronavirus live news: U.S. deaths surpass 350,000 as two vaccines are approved by India

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As daily cases near 60,000, the British Labour leader calls for lockdown; India accepts Oxford and AstraZeneca vaccines

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In the emergency room at Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center on Christmas Day, this is the air-powered costume an employee wore to spread joy. It turns out that the worker unknowingly had Covid, now Covid.43 Kaiser’s staff are investigating whether the costume blower helped spread the pic.twitter.com/DLLi8z5e2T virus

3rd January 2021

Irene Chavez, Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center’s senior vice president and region manager, said in an emailed statement that 43 emergency department staff tested positive between Dec. 27 and Jan. 1.

“We will ensure that each affected employee receives the care and support they need,” the statement said.

The hospital is investigating whether the transmission of the virus could have led to an inflatable costume worn by one of the infected employees.

Any infection would have been completely innocent and accidental, as the person had no covid symptoms and only tried during a very stressful period to raise the spirits of those around them,”Any infection would have been completely innocent and accidental, as the individual had no covid symptoms and was only trying to lift the spirits of those around them during a very stressful time,”

Hello and welcome to our live coronavirus pandemic coverage today.

My name is Ben Doherty, and over the next few hours, I will bring you the latest details from around the world.

You can contact me at [email protected] or at @BenDohertyCorro on Twitter. Correspondence and comments are always welcome.

The U.S. has reached the 350,000 death mark for coronavirus – the world’s highest number, with more than 2,500 deaths a day over several days. On Jan. 2nd, the U.S. confirmed almost 300,000 new cases in 24 hours, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker (the latest figure available).

India, meanwhile, approved two Covid 19 vaccines on Sunday, paving the way for an ambitious vaccination program in the world’s second most populated country to stem the coronavirus pandemic.

Emergency approval of the vaccine developed by Oxford University and British drugmaker AstraZeneca, as well as another developed by Indian company Bharat Biotech, was granted by the country’s drug regulator.

The big recent developments are here:
The number of deaths from coronaviruses in the U.K. With 54,990 new cases registered on Sunday and 454 more deaths occurring within 28 days of a positive test, it has reached 75,000.

In the next 24 hours, Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer has called on Boris Johnson to implement new domestic covid restrictions in England, not only to say that he will do so soon.

A number of England’s local councils have urged the government to allow elementary schools to remain closed ahead of tomorrow’s first day of school, including the Southampton City Council and the Cumbria County Council, both of which said they support schools to prioritize teaching to key workers’ children and disadvantaged children in the face of shortages of teachers.

Another 4,962 cases of Covid-19 were registered by Ireland, taking the total number of cases past 100,000.

The Sunday figure breaks the record of 3,394 cases from the previous day – almost double the highest number of cases previously reported in a 24-hour period.

The new coronavirus strain, which was first identified in Britain, was detected in Greece and announced tonight. According to radio station Skai, five Greeks and one Briton who tested positive for the virus upon arrival from the UK have been infected with the new strain.

According to the country’s health ministry, 12,489 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in France in the past 24 hours, more than the 3,466 reported the previous day.

According to a tweet posted minutes ago, Kuwait’s Civil Aviation Authority has suspended direct commercial flights to and from the United Kingdom.

Egypt said it had opened an inquiry into the deaths, reportedly due to oxygen starvation, of four Covid 19 patients in an intensive care unit, sparking a public outcry.

The importation of 2 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by AstraZeneca and Oxford University has been approved by the Brazilian health authority Anvisa, although it has not yet been approved for use in the region.

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