Coronavirus claims 1.5 million lives globally with 10,000 dying each day


(Reuters) – Over 1.5 million people have lost their lives due to COVID-19 with one death reported every nine seconds on a weekly average, as vaccinations are set to begin in December in a handful of developed nations.

Half a million deaths occurred in just the last two months, indicating that the severity of the pandemic is far from over. Nearly 65 million people globally have been infected by the disease and the worst affected country, United States, is currently battling a third wave of coronavirus infections.

In the last week alone, more than 10,000 people in the world died on average every single day, which has been steadily rising each passing week. Many countries across the world are now fighting second and third waves even greater than the first, forcing new restrictions on everyday life. (Graphic: tmsnrt.rs/34pvUyi)

The novel coronavirus caused more deaths in

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Global Virus Toll Passes 1.5 Million As Nations Plan For Vaccine


The world passed the grim milestone of 1.5 million global coronavirus deaths on Thursday, as several nations planned to deliver much hoped-for vaccines early next year to break the cycle of lockdowns and restrictions.

But even as the latest positive news about a vaccine was announced, with the Moderna candidate showing it confers immunity for at least three months, several countries marked new Covid-19 records.

Italy registered 993 deaths, topping its previous record of 969 earlier in the year when it was the first European country to be affected by the pandemic.

Daily covid infections per world region since February 2 Daily covid infections per world region since February 2 Photo: AFP / Bertille LAGORCE

Iran, the Middle East’s hardest hit country, passed one million cases even as authorities considered easing restrictions and Britain recorded over 60,000 deaths.

The world’s hardest-hit country, the United States, recorded its highest daily death toll — 2,731 — since March, as the number

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U.S. Records Highest Daily Coronavirus Death Toll Yet as it Tops 14 Million Cases | National News


Wednesday’s daily death toll from the coronavirus was the highest reported so far during the pandemic, but it is a record that could be broken again as the U.S. shows no sign of slowing its outbreak.

More than 2,800 deaths were reported, according to Johns Hopkins University. The previous highest death toll was recorded in mid-April.

The Midwest region is reporting the highest seven-day average for deaths. South Dakota, New Mexico, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan are seeing some of the highest daily death rates per capita.

While data could be catching up from a holiday lag over Thanksgiving, experts predict the outbreak will get worse in the coming weeks. Transmission that happened over the holiday could start showing up in the data during the second week of December, according to The COVID Tracking Project.

World Braces For Another Wave of Coronavirus

TOPSHOT - A resident (L) of the Domenico Sartor nursing home in Castelfranco Veneto, near Venice, hugs her visiting daughter on November 11, 2020 through a plastic screen in a so-called "Hug Room" amid the new coronavirus pandemic. - The Hug Room allows guests and their families to embrace each other, while remaining separate and protected from the contagious disease, still guaranteeing physical contact for mental and emotional wellbeing. (Photo by Piero CRUCIATTI / AFP) (Photo by PIERO CRUCIATTI/AFP via Getty Images)

In the coming weeks, the daily death toll is

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Alabama’s $50 million to USA for medical school shrouded in mystery


Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, during her remarks Tuesday at a news conference in Mobile touting a multi-faceted agreement for Brookley Aeroplex property, also promoted the state’s $50 million investment in a new medical school for the University of South Alabama.

A question has now surfaced in Mobile in the past two days: What is the project?

“Today’s news, on top of my announcement to invest $50 million of public school college authority bond money (for a new medical school) is further proof that great things are happening in Alabama’s Port City and the future has never been brighter,” Ivey said.

Indeed, the state is investing $50 million for a new medical school building for the University of South Alabama. But few details have been released on any details about the project such as where a new building will be constructed, what type of medical training will be provided within a

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Italy plans 202 million COVID-19 vaccine doses


ROME — Italy’s health minister told lawmakers on Wednesday that Italy will distribute 202.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines during 2021 in “an unprecedented effort that will require a huge collective commitment.’’

Robert Speranza said the vaccines will not be mandatory, but that the doses allotted Italy through an EU collective purchasing agreement would be “enough to potentially vaccinate the entire population.”

Speranza emphasized that the distribution of the vaccines would depend on regulatory approval which was still pending from the European Medicines Agency.


The first vaccines are expected to arrive in January with Pfizer’s vaccine expected to get first EMA approval by Dec. 29 and Moderna by Jan. 12. Priority will be given first to Italy’s front-line health care workers, then residents of nursing homes, then to elderly over 80 before moving to other groups like people with medical risks, law enforcement, teachers and prison workers.

Speranza said the

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Greenlane Renewables Announces Exercise of Warrants for Gross Proceeds of $4.5 Million


Greenlane Renewables Inc. (“Greenlane“) (TSXV:GRN) today announced that over the course of the last two weeks the company has received $4.5 million in gross proceeds from the exercise of 7,303,000 share purchase warrants, which entitled the warrant holders the right to purchase common shares of Greenlane at either $0.26 or $0.70.

As a reminder, the Company issued share purchase warrants in connection with its financing that closed June 3, 2019, which entitled each holder the right to purchase one common share of the Company at an exercise price of $0.26 per share for a two-year period ending June 3, 2021. The Company also issued share purchase warrants in connection with its financing that closed February 19, 2020, which entitled each holder the right to purchase one common share of the Company at an exercise price of $0.70 per share for a one-year period ending February 19, 2021.

Out

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UK secures 2 million more doses of Moderna’s Covid vaccine


Researchers work in a lab run by Moderna Inc, who said November 16, 2020 that its experimental vaccine was 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19 based on interim data from a late-stage clinical trial, in an undated photograph.

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Britain has secured two million doses of Moderna Inc’s Covid-19 vaccine candidate, to be available in Europe as early as the spring, the government said on Sunday, in addition to the 5 million doses it secured from the U.S. company two weeks ago.

The new deal came a day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson named Nadhim Zahawi, a junior business minister, to be minister responsible for the deployment of Covid-19 vaccines.

Britain now has access to enough doses of Moderna’s vaccine candidate for around 3.5 million people. Overall, it has access to 357 million doses of vaccines from seven developers, according to government statement.

“With a wide range

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UK secures 2 million more doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine


FILE PHOTO: Vials with a sticker reading, “COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only” and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

(Reuters) – Britain has secured two million doses of Moderna Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, to be available in Europe as early as the spring, the government said on Sunday, in addition to the 5 million doses it secured from the U.S. company two weeks ago.

The new deal came a day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson named Nadhim Zahawi, a junior business minister, to be minister responsible for the deployment of COVID-19 vaccines.

Britain now has access to enough doses of Moderna’s vaccine candidate for around 3.5 million people. Overall, it has access to 357 million doses of vaccines from seven developers, according to government statement.

“With a wide range of vaccine candidates

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U.S. tops 13 million COVID-19 cases as experts fear holiday “surge upon surge upon surge”


The United States reported more than 205,000 new COVID-19 cases and 1,400 deaths on Friday as the number of confirmed infections in the country soared past 13 million. 

Over 30 states saw increases in new daily COVID-19 cases before the Thanksgiving holiday, leading experts to fear a post-holiday surge that could be compounded by the rest of the holiday season.

“We will not get a reprieve because then Christmas comes and then New Year comes,” Rush University Medical Center’s Dr. Meeta Shah said. “So, if we’re just stacking surge upon surge upon surge, I am significantly worried about that.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is due to hold an emergency meeting Tuesday in an attempt to fast track a potential coronavirus vaccine, while big cities like Los Angeles attempt to slow the spread of the virus with new lockdown orders.

Spiraling cases put more than 90,000 people in

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U.S. coronavirus infections shoot past 13 million as officials plead with Americans to spend Black Friday online.


The number of coronavirus infections in the United States shot past 13 million on Friday, worsening the world’s largest outbreak. The milestone came as Americans embarked on a Black Friday that looked different from holidays past.

The U.S. has had one of the world’s highest per capita caseloads in the past week. And every day for more than two weeks, the country has set records for the number of people in the hospital, with the latest figure surging past 90,000 for the first time on Thursday.

At the same time, the nation saw a steep drop-off in new cases on Thursday, but it was a mirage, not progress, because many states did not report data on the Thanksgiving holiday. More than 103,000 cases and more than 1,100 deaths were recorded on Thursday — compared with 187,000 cases and 1,962 deaths that had been recorded the prior Thursday, Nov. 19.

For

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