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U.S. Crosses 10 Million COVID-19 Cases As Third Wave Of Infections Surges

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The United States has become the first nation worldwide to surpass the 10 million COVID-19 infections mark as global record hits 50 million on Tuesday.

The United States has reported at least a million cases in the past 10 days, the highest rate of infections since the nation reported its first novel coronavirus case in Washington State.

More than 237,000 Americans have died of covid-19 since the virus first emerged in china late last year.

Data from Johns Hopkins University reveal more than one and a quarter million persons have now died from the virus.

Reuters also reports a second wave of the virus has accounted for a quarter of all cases.

Europe, with more than twelve and a half million cases and 305,000 deaths, is again a hotspot after being the first epicentre of the pandemic earlier this year.

The American states of north and south Dakota have the highest rates of death per capita.

Portugal is to bring in a curfew across most of the country from Monday.

Switzerland is deploying 200 army reservists to its hospitals to help with growing numbers of admissions.

France recorded 38,619 new cases on Sunday.

In another development, chairman and chief executive of drug company, Pfizer, Albert Bourla, says an interim analysis reveals that, a front-runner coronavirus vaccine it has developed, was more than 90 percent effective at protecting people.

Bourla says no serious safety concerns were observed in the trial, and that it would apply for emergency use authorization to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Africa Needs COVID-19 Vaccine For 60% In 2-3 Years – Africa CDC

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The Africa Centres for Disease Control and prevention (AfricaCDC) said on Thursday, the continent aims to have two-thirds of its population vaccinated against COVID-19 within the next two to three years.

The continent, with 1.3 billion people, has recorded more than 2 million confirmed coronavirus infections.

AfricaCDC director–general, John Nkengasong says there is every possibility the goal would be reached. He has asked stakeholders to be deliberate in this. He added that if the delay takes four to five years, the coronavirus will be endemic in African communities.

Nkengasong, said there were logistical problems to overcome in Africa, including how to keep vaccines cold.

Some European countries expect to start rolling out vaccination campaigns in the next few weeks, but the control group said vaccinations were unlikely to start in Africa until midway through next year.

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US Daily Covid-19 Deaths Exceed 2600

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The number of persons who have died in a single day in the united states, as a result of COVID-19 complications has reached a new record of more than twenty-six hundred.

Health experts say this is the highest number since April, and warn that these numbers are likely to increase.

Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield says the mortality concerns are real. Johns Hopkins University confirmed the US has reported almost 14 million coronavirus cases and more than 273,000 deaths.

A us food and drug administration panel of external advisers will meet next Thursday to discuss whether to recommend emergency-use authorisation of the Pfizer vaccine.

US officials hope that 40 percent of adults in the us could be given the shots in three months.

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NCDC Confirms 122 New COVID-19 Cases

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The Nigerian Center for Disease Control has confirmed one hundred twenty-two new cases of coronavirus in the country on Wednesday, pushing up the nation’s total confirmed cases to sixty-seven thousand nine hundred sixty.  Only four thousand one hundred twenty-one patients are still being treated.

Kaduna reported the highest number of cases at thirty-seven, followed by Lagos with twenty-nine.  Plateau held twenty-five while Ekiti hosts nine cases.

Rivers, Ogun, Edo, Kwara, Bayelsa, Bauchi and Kano shared the rest of the infections.

NCDC also reports the fatalities now stand at eleven hundred seventy-seven.

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