Global covid-19 record hits 236 million

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The global recorded case of COVID-19 has hit 236 million according to Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus-tracking tool.

The tracking also revealed that the global death toll stood at more than 4.8 million.

The World Health Organization says the number of newly reported coronavirus cases fell in the last week, continuing a declining global trend that first began in August.

In its latest assessment of the pandemic, the UN health agency reported Tuesday that there were 3.1 million new COVID-19 cases, representing a nine per cent drop, and about 54,000 deaths in the last week, roughly similar to the week before. WHO said there were declines in case numbers in all world regions except for Europe, where the number was about the same as the previous week.

In the U.S., surging demand for COVID-19 tests from employers has exacerbated a nationwide shortage of rapid tests in recent weeks and is driving up costs for state and local testing programs, according to industry executives and state officials.

In Europe, Russia’s daily coronavirus death toll surpassed 900 on Wednesday for the first time in the pandemic, a record that comes amid the country’s low vaccination rate and the government’s reluctance to impose tough restrictions to control new cases.

Sweden suspended the use of Moderna for those recipients under 30 while Denmark said those under 18 would not be offered the Swiss-made vaccine, and Norway urged those under 30 to get the Pfizer vaccine instead.

In Asia, Singapore’s health ministry reported 3,486 new cases, the highest since the beginning of the pandemic.

In Africa, Libyan health authorities have started vaccinating migrants in the country, in co-operation with the UN migration agency. The vaccination campaign kicked off in Tripoli, with migrants receiving the first shot of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine at the National Center for Disease Control.

Zimbabwe is allowing bars to reopen for the first time in more than a year, but only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to take a swig from inside the premises.

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