COVID-19: Most important news on the coronavirus pandemic on November 24

  • This daily news summary brings you a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, along with tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected.
  • Headlines: New Zealand presents plan to lift COVID-19 border restrictions; WHO warning on deaths from COVID-19 in Europe; South Korea reports a record level of daily cases.

1. How COVID-19 is affecting the world

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have exceeded 258.9 million worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths has now exceeded 5.16 million. More than 7.77 billion doses of vaccination have been administered worldwide, according to Our World in Data.

South Korea has reported a new daily record number of confirmed COVID-19 cases – 4,116.

France has recorded more than 30,000 new daily COVID-19 infections for the first time since August.

America’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, said yesterday that the vast majority of Americans who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 should receive a booster.

Germany is considering introducing new restrictions in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases, outgoing Health Minister Jens Spahn said yesterday.

The Spanish region of Catalonia plans to request proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test to enter bars, restaurants and stadiums. Other regions are also pushing for similar restrictions.

A global license for the serological technology that detects COVID-19 antibodies will be provided royalty-free to poor and middle-income countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced yesterday. The deal is the first of its kind and designed to boost production.

The Czech Republic plans to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for people over 60, as well as for workers in certain sectors, such as health and social services.

New daily confirmed cases of COVID-19 per million people in some countries.

Image: Our world in data

2. New Zealand announces its intention to reopen its borders

New Zealand has presented a plan to ease border restrictions introduced in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The timeline will see the country’s borders closed to most international travelers for at least five more months.

Fully vaccinated international travelers will be allowed to enter the country from April 30, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said at a press conference. Travelers will need to self-isolate for seven days upon arrival.

Vaccinated New Zealanders and residence visa holders in neighboring Australia can travel to New Zealand from January 16, while vaccinated New Zealanders and residence visa holders from most other countries will be allowed entry from February 13.

“A gradual approach to reconnecting with the world is the safest approach to ensure that risks are carefully managed,” Hipkins said.

3. WHO warning on COVID-19 deaths in Europe

The WHO warned yesterday that another 700,000 people could die from COVID-19 in Europe by March, bringing the total to more than 2.2 million. The organization urged people to get vaccinated and get vaccinated.

The cumulative total of deaths from the disease in the 53 countries of the WHO European region has already exceeded 1.5 million, he said, with the daily rate doubling in late September to 4,200 per day.

The WHO European region also includes Russia and other former Soviet republics, as well as Turkey.

“The cumulative number of reported deaths is expected to reach over 2.2 million by the spring of next year, based on current trends,” he said, adding that COVID-19 is now the main one regional cause of death.

Number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in Europe.

Number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in Europe.

Image: Our world in data

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