Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:- France's Macron positive -
French President Emmanuel Macron becomes the latest world leader to test positive for Covid-19 and goes into isolation for the next week.
A list of leaders who have had contact with him also go into isolation, including EU chief Charles Michel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Macron's Prime Minister Jean Castex.- Twin US records
The United States, the world's worst hit country, sets a double record with more than 3 700 deaths and over 250 000 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours, according to Johns Hopkins University.- EU vaccinations -
The EU is to start Covid-19 inoculations on 27 December, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says. The rollout is conditional on the European Medicines Agency authorising the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine when it meets on Monday.- New German record -
Germany sees record daily virus infections of over 30 000 as it struggles to cope with the outbreak by imposing a new partial lockdown.- Tokyo hospitals overwhelmed -
Tokyo's hospitals are struggling to provide routine care because of a sharp spike in coronavirus cases, health officials warn, as new infections in the Japanese capital hit another record high of 822.- Nearly 1.65 million dead -
The coronavirus has killed at least 1 649 927 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Thursday.
The US is the worst-affected country with 307 512 deaths, followed by Brazil with 183 735, India with 144 451, Mexico with 115 769 and Italy with 66 537.- US meeting on Moderna -
US experts meet to decide whether to recommend approval of Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine, potentially paving the way for rollout early next week.- Putin vaccination plan -
Russian President Vladimir Putin, 68, says he will receive the Russian-developed Sputnik V coronavirus jab once it is approved for people his age.- Saudi vaccinations -
Saudi Arabia kicks off a three-phase Covid-19 vaccination programme, with the health minister and a woman in a wheelchair among those inoculated with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.- Australian Open delayed -
The Australian Open will start three weeks late on February 8 after coronavirus disrupted preparations for the first tennis Grand Slam of 2021.
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