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News24.com | Covid-19: Global news you need to know

  • December 06, 2021

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

SA’s cases rocket

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa urges citizens to get vaccinated fast as daily infections jump five-fold in a week because of the new highly contagious Omicron variant.

Unjabbed Italians barred 

Unvaccinated Italians are now not allowed into theatres, cinemas, live music venues and major sporting events as new rules come into effect.

Stocks bounce back

Oil and equity prices rebound on hopes that the Omicron variant may not be as dangerous or damaging as initially feared.

‘Next time could be worse’

Sarah Gilbert, the British scientist who led the development of of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, warns that the next pandemic could be “more lethal”, urging better preparedness.

“The knowledge we have gained must not be lost,” said the researcher, who is credited with saving millions of lives.

More than 5.2 million dead

The coronavirus has killed at least 5 253 726 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP at 11:00 on Monday.

The US has suffered the most Covid-related deaths with 788 364, followed by Brazil with 615 636, India with 473 537, Mexico with 295 203 and Russia with 282 462.

The countries with the most new deaths are Russia with 1,184, followed by Ukraine with 239 and India with 211.

Taking into account excess mortality linked to Covid-19, the World Health Organisation estimates the overall death toll could be two to three times higher.

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