Factbox-Latest on worldwide spread of the coronavirus – Metro US

Factbox-Latest on worldwide spread of the coronavirus

A healthcare worker at LAC USC Medical Center tests a
A healthcare worker at LAC USC Medical Center tests a person at a drive through testing center during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Los Angeles, California

(Reuters) – Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline delayed the launch of their COVID-19 vaccine, while AstraZeneca said it would investigate combining its experimental COVID-19 vaccine with the Russian shot.


* For an interactive graphic tracking the global spread of COVID-19, open https://graphics.reuters.com/world-coronavirus-tracker-and-maps/ in an external browser. * Eikon users, see COVID-19: MacroVitals https://apac1.apps.cp.thomsonreuters.com/cms/?navid=1592404098 for a case tracker and summary of news.


* Germany will have to shut down more parts of society before Christmas to try and get the pandemic under control.

* Greece will allow hair salons and bookstores to reopen during the Christmas season but keep most other retail shops shut.

* Switzerland has ordered restaurants, bars and shops to close down from 7 p.m. across much of the nation.

* United Kingdom will cut the self-isolation period for COVID-19 to 10 days from 14.


* House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Congress could work on a relief package until Dec. 26, the day after Christmas, when a range of emergency aid programs are set to expire.

* Mexico’s top Roman Catholic leader said closing the shrine of Mexico’s Virgin of Guadalupe for the first time was a painful but unavoidable decision as infections intensified in Mexico City.

* Longer-range forecasts show a second wave of the coronavirus is still spreading rapidly through Canada and more action is needed by all the major provinces.


* The ability of developing countries in Asia to fight the pandemic got a boost after the Asian Development Bank said it has launched a $9 billion facility to help nations access and deliver COVID-19 vaccines.

* Japan’s prime minister said he was not thinking at this point of suspending the government travel subsidy programme, as the country urged people to spend a “quiet” year-end amid record daily infections.

* One year on, the Wuhan wet market where the virus was initially detected remains empty and barricaded even as the city around it has come back to life.


* Nigeria may be on the verge of a second wave of infections, its health minister warned, as another official said the country expects to roll out a vaccine by April next year.

* South African Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng dismissed concerns that he might be endangering people’s health by linking coronavirus vaccines to a “Satanic agenda”.


* Any adverse effects from COVID-19 vaccines are for national authorities to review, a WHO spokeswoman said.

* The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it was working rapidly to issue an emergency use authorization for Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine.


* World shares slipped and sterling skidded to its lowest in nearly a month as markets confronted the risk of Britain leaving the European Union without a trade deal, with doubts over U.S. stimulus also nagging. [MKTS/GLOB]

* China will strive to keep economic operations “within a reasonable range” next year, as Beijing seeks to expand domestic demand and boost technology innovation.

* The Bank of Japan is likely to decide next week to extend a range of steps aimed at easing corporate funding strains as a resurgence of coronavirus infections cloud the economic outlook.

(Compiled by Bartosz Dabrowski and Charles Regnier; Editing by Kirsten Donovan/Mark Heinrich)

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