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Coronavirus: Latest global developments

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

– TB on the rise –

Tuberculosis is on the rise again globally for the first time in a decade, linked to disruptions in access to healthcare because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the World Health Organization says.

– US jobless breakthrough –

Applications for US unemployment benefits have dipped below 300,000 for the first time since the pandemic began, a milestone in the labour market’s recovery from the devastation wrought by the virus last year.

– Burundi gets jabs –

Burundi, one of the last countries in the world to inoculate its people against Covid-19, receives its first batch of vaccines — China’s Sinopharm — after a major about-turn by the government.

– Cocktail examined –

Europe’s drug watchdog says it has started evaluating AstraZeneca’s anti-Covid cocktail called Evusheld, which could eventually lead to the authorisation of its use in the EU.

– Russia gets worse –

Russia’s daily death toll continues to spiral towards 1,000 a day, with a new record of 986 deaths, bringing the country’s total fatalities to 220,315 — the highest toll in Europe.

– Over 4.8 million dead –

The coronavirus has killed at least 4,870,405 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP on Thursday.

The US has suffered the most Covid-related deaths at 719,530, followed by Brazil with 601,574, India 451,435, Mexico 283,193 and Russia 220,315.

The countries with the most new deaths were US with 3,108, followed by Russia with 986 and Mexico with 420.

Taking into account excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, the World Health Organization estimates the overall death toll could be two to three times higher.

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