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New records for COVID cases and deaths around the world

Providence, Rhode Island: Nations around the world have set new records for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections, and the disease surged even in some countries that had kept the virus in check. In the United States, Detroit leaders began making a plan to knock on every door to persuade people to get shots.

Brazil this week became just the third country, after the US and Peru, to report a 24-hour tally of COVID-19 deaths that exceeded 4000. India hit a peak of almost 127,000 new cases in 24 hours, and Iran set a new coronavirus infection record for the third straight day, reporting nearly 22,600 new cases.

Globally, the number of confirmed cases has exceeded 133.6 million, causing nearly 2.9 million deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins Institute.

A healthcare worker administers the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to an aged care resident in Michigan.

A healthcare worker administers the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to an aged care resident in Michigan.Credit:Bloomberg

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to get vaccinated, writing in a tweet: “Vaccination is among the few ways we have to defeat the virus. If you are eligible for the vaccine, get your shot soon.”

The US has now fully vaccinated nearly 20 per cent of its adult population, and New Mexico became the first state to get shots in the arms of 25 per cent of its residents — milestones that are still far off for many hard-hit countries.

In India, home to 1.4 billion people, only 11 million are fully vaccinated. In Brazil, less than 3 per cent of the country’s 210 million people have received both doses, according to Our World in Data, an online research site.

South Korea reported 700 more cases, the highest daily jump since January 5. Health authorities were expected to announce measures to strengthen social distancing following a meeting on Friday.

A medical worker attends a training session to learn how to give coronavirus vaccine shots at the Korean Nurses Association in Seoul.

A medical worker attends a training session to learn how to give coronavirus vaccine shots at the Korean Nurses Association in Seoul. Credit:AP

In Thailand, which has reported only 95 deaths from the pandemic, health officials reported the country’s first local cases of the coronavirus variant first detected in Britain. The news comes when only 1 per cent of the population has been vaccinated and as Thais prepare to celebrate the traditional Songkran New Year holiday next week, typically a time of widespread travel.

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