Coronavirus: Latest global developments

Paris, France: Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

Aid for India 

The first emergency medical supplies trickle into India as a part of a global campaign to staunch its catastrophic outbreak, with the US pledging to send millions of AstraZeneca vaccines.

Fiji virus 'tsunami'?

An outbreak of the Indian variant has forced Fiji's capital into lockdown after the island nation had avoided infections for a year, with health officials saying they fear a "tsunami" of cases.

Hope for big events 

A Barcelona concert with a 5,000-strong audience of unvaccinated music fans last month to test pandemic-safe ways of holding mass events have passed off with "no sign" of infections, doctors say.

Royally out of touch 

Gaffes during the pandemic have badly hit the popularity of Dutch King Willem-Alexander, whose ratings have tumbled by more than a quarter since the royals flew to Greece for a holiday in October as the Netherlands went into partial lockdown.

Sputnik resistance

Brazil's health regulator denies a request from several states to import Russia's Sputnik V jab, saying it does not have the data needed to verify its safety and efficacy, a decision the Russian developers slam as politically motivated.

German hope

Europe's biggest economy raises its growth forecast for 2021 as vaccinations finally begin to gather pace.

India flight ban 

Australia is the latest nation to announce a temporary ban on direct passenger flights from India.

Tuning out

Audience figures for this year's Oscars plummeted by more than half to a record low of 9.85 million viewers, broadcaster ABC says.

Gung-ho golfers

South Korean-born Olympic golf gold and silver medallists Park In-bee and Lydia Ko say they are not worried about playing at the Tokyo Games despite a surge in infections in Japan.

More than three million deaths

At least 3,122,150 people have died of Covid-19 around the world since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.

The US is the worst-affected country with 572,674 deaths, followed by Brazil with 391,936, Mexico 215,113, India 197,894, and Britain 127,434.

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