Just a reminder that we are waiting for the latest case numbers update for New South Wales at 11am. M.
We can expect the other states to respond after that, depending on what happens.
Welcome to The Guardian Global Coronavirus Live Blog. I’m Josh Taylor, and I’ll bring you the latest as it arrives.
This is where we are as of Saturday morning Australian time:
- the UK The government said another 489 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Friday, bringing the total to 66,541. Separate figures released by UK statistical agencies for deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, along with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show that there have now been 82,000 Covid-19 related deaths in the UK.
- US Vice President Mike Pence received the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer, the highest-ranking US official to have received it so far. Pence received the first injection on live television and said the vaccine was a “medical miracle” and that he “felt nothing.”
- The Christmas plans of many Australian it could turn into chaos today with an outbreak on Sydney’s north beaches reaching 28 and threatening to impose restrictions on people traveling from Sydney to other states.
- Italy has announced new closings at Christmas. Non-essential bars, restaurants and shops They will close nationwide from December 24 to 27 and from December 31 to January 3, announced the country’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte.
- Austria It will go into lockdown for the third time after Christmas, the government confirmed, just 11 days after the country’s second lockdown ended. Non-essential stores that reopened last week will close, reopening the week of January 18 along with restaurants, schools, museums and theaters, the government said in a statement. Austria will allow the ski lifts to open even though the closure was introduced on December 26.
- France The death toll from coronavirus has exceeded 60,000. The Health Ministry reported 610 new deaths, bringing the total to 60,229, Reuters reports. There were 264 new deaths in hospitals, compared with 258 on Thursday, and a three-day batch of 346 deaths reported in nursing homes.
- Turkeyis The daily death toll from coronavirus reached a record 246 in the past 24 hours, data from the Health Ministry showed, bringing the total number of deaths to 17,610. Turkey also recorded 26,410 new coronavirus cases, including asymptomatic ones, in the last 24 hours.
- Sweden’On Friday, the government introduced the toughest measures yet to help prevent a second wave of the pandemic, including recommending masks on public transportation and closing non-essential public workplaces, Reuters reports. Sweden recorded a record 9,654 new coronavirus cases on Friday. The increase compared to a previous high of 8,881 daily cases recorded on Thursday. Sweden recorded 100 new deaths, bringing the total to 7,993.
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