According to the latest Johns Hopkins University tally, there are 204,688,069 cases of coronavirus infection in the world since the beginning of the pandemic, of which 665,762 in 24 hours. The deaths since yesterday have risen by 9,466 units, for a total of 4,323,993. 

The countries that report the greatest daily increase in

new infections

are the United States (+135.177), Iran (+42.541), India (+41.195), France (+32.794), Brazil (+32.443), Indonesia (+30.625), the United United Kingdom (+29.381), Turkey (+27.356), Mexico (+22.711).

The countries that reported the highest number of

total cases

are United States (36,190,179), India (32,036,511), Brazil (20,245,085), France (6,440,082), Russia (6,425,918), United Kingdom (6,176,023), Turkey (5,996,194 ), Argentina (5,052,884), Colombia (4,852,323), Spain (4,660,473), Italy (4,413,162) and Iran (4,281,217).

New Zealand, borders closed until 2022

The borders of New Zealand will remain closed at least until the end of 2021. This was announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who illustrated the road map that will lead to the gradual reopening of the country which has recorded only 26 deaths due to covid on a population of 5 million people. 

From the beginning of 2022, a system based on three levels of risk will be launched. Vaccinated travelers from low-risk countries will be allowed entry without quarantine; the vaccinated from medium-risk countries will have to undergo a period of voluntary isolation while the unvaccinated and vaccinated from high-risk countries will have to stay 14 days in isolation in dedicated facilities. However, everyone will have to undergo a swab before leaving for New Zealand. 

7 days lockdown in Canberra

Australia's capital Canberra enters a week-long lockdown today after the first case of Covid-19 in over a year was recorded. The confinement was decided because the authorities do not know how the person tested positive became infected and therefore how extensive the outbreak can be. Canberra residents will only be able to leave their homes for essential reasons. The BBC reported queues in front of supermarkets.