Australia’s second most populous state Victoria entered a five-day lockdown on Feb. 13 as authorities raced to prevent a third wave of Covid-19 cases sparked by the highly infections UK variant.
China on Jan. 23 reported a slight increase in new cases of Covid-19 as the country marked the anniversary of the world’s first coronavirus lockdown, in the city of Wuhan where the disease emerged in late 2019.
Worldwide coronavirus cases surpassed 90 million on Jan. 11, according to a Reuters tally, as nations around the globe scramble to procure vaccines and continue to extend or reinstate lockdowns to fight new coronavirus variants.
Japan’s Covid-19 cases reached a new daily record on Jan. 6, as the government faced mounting pressure from health experts to impose a strict state of emergency for the Tokyo greater metropolitan area.
California shattered records for coronavirus cases on Dec. 6 as U.S. states scrambled to impose lockdowns to stem spikes in infections and the White House’s task force coordinator decried a lack of national leadership on curbing the disease.
The mayor of San Francisco ordered new lockdowns and business restrictions across the Bay Area in the face of the Covid-19 surge, as political leaders nationwide ramp up pressure on Americans to stay home until vaccines can be distributed.
Nearly all social gatherings of individuals from more than a single household will be banned in Los Angeles County for at least three weeks starting Nov. 30 under new restrictions unveiled by local health officials, citing a continued surge in Covid-19 infections.
Global coronavirus infections passed 14 million, according to a Reuters tally, marking the first time there has been a surge of 1 million cases in under 100 hours.
Australian officials are closing the border between Australia’s two most populous states for an indefinite period as they scramble to contain an outbreak of the coronavirus in the city of Melbourne.
Global coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million on Sunday according to a Reuters tally, marking a major milestone in the spread of the respiratory disease that has so far killed almost half a million people in seven months.