Coronavirus: Latest on COVID-19 from around the world - Monday, November 23

A World Health Organization (WHO) special COVID-19 envoy is predicting a third wave of the pandemic in Europe in early 2021 if governments repeat what he said was a failure to do what was needed to prevent the second wave of infections.

"They missed building up the necessary infrastructure during the summer months after they brought the first wave under the control," the WHO's David Nabarro said in an interview with Swiss newspapers.

As of Monday morning (NZ time), more than 58.2 million people had been infected with the coronavirus, while nearly 1.4 million had died.

Here are the latest developments.

Americas

  • The first Americans could receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as December 11, the chief scientific adviser for the US Government's vaccine program said on Sunday (local time)
  • Brazil's six-time world player of the year Marta has tested positive for COVID-19, the country's soccer governing body said on Saturday. Brazil had registered 32,622 additional coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours and 376 deaths, the health ministry said.
Coronavirus: Latest on COVID-19 from around the world - Monday, November 23
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Europe

  • Mink infected with coronavirus have been found at a farm in the Eure-et-Loire region of western France, and 1000 mink at the farm will be culled, the French agriculture ministry said on Sunday (local time). The country will start easing coronavirus lockdown rules in the coming weeks, carrying out the process in three stages so as to avoid a new flareup in the pandemic
  • The UK Government said on Sunday it was working with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to ease COVID-19 restrictions over Christmas to allow families to get together
  • Germany will have to extend its current measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic into December, top politicians were quoted as saying on Sunday.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak in Germany Statistics close-up on digital display. Quarantine map.
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Asia-Pacific

  • South Korea's capital city and nearby areas will close bars and nightclubs, limit religious gatherings, and restrict service at restaurants, in a bid to contain a burgeoning third wave of coronavirus infections, the Health Minister said on Sunday (local time)
  • Japan may reimpose attendance limits for sports and other large events to curb a spike in COVID-19 infections, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said on Sunday
    Mainland China reported 17 new COVID-19 cases on November 21, up from 16 the previous day, with three cases of local transmission and nine cases originating overseas, the National Health Commission said on Sunday
  • Australia moved a step closer to normal life on Sunday, opening some internal borders and easing restrictions in regions affected by COVID-19, as the vast majority of the country has seen no new community infections or deaths for weeks.
Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Photo credit: Getty

Middle East and Africa

  • A sharp rise in coronavirus infections in the Gaza Strip could overwhelm the Palestinian enclave's meagre medical system by next week, public health advisers said on Sunday (local time)
  • Iran recorded 13,053 new cases of coronavirus and 475 related  deaths over the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Sunday.
Coronavirus: Latest on COVID-19 from around the world - Monday, November 23
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Medical developments

  • The US Food and Drug Administration on Saturday (local time) issued emergency use authorisation for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc's COVID-19 antibody therapy, an experimental treatment given to US President Donald Trump that he said helped cure him of the disease
  • Dubai's health regulator said on Sunday children aged between 3 and 16 could now be tested for COVID-19 by providing a saliva sample instead of the widely used nasal swab
Donald Trump.
Donald Trump. Photo credit: Getty

Economic impact

  • UK Finance Minister Rishi Sunak said there would be no return to austerity in a spending plan he will announce on Wednesday, even as the coronavirus crisis pushes the country's debt further above 2 trillion pounds.