1:30 pm — Moscow, Russia — Russia reports 27,403 new coronavirus cases, 569 deaths
Russia reported 27,403 new coronavirus cases on Friday, including 6,868 in Moscow, taking the national total to 2,402,949 since the pandemic began.
Authorities also confirmed 569 deaths related to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, pushing the official national death toll to 42,176.
1:15 pm — Islamabad, Pakistan — Coronavirus testing rate decreases to 62% in December
The coronavirus testing rate in Pakistan has decreased to 62% in December compared to 75% in November.
According to data issued by the health department, a total of 130 laborites have the capacity to carry out 56,823 tests daily but are conducting around 35,193 tests. It said private laborites have reduced their testing capacity by 50%.
Around 56 government labs have the capacity to run 24,990 tests daily but conducted 21,715 in the past 24 hours. On the other hand, private labs conducted 11,616 test.
1:00 pm — Berlin, Germany — German minister urges extra COVID-19 measures in some areas of the country
German Health Minister Jens Spahn on Friday called for additional restrictions to stem the spread of the coronavirus in parts of Germany where infection numbers are very high.
"Where there are higher numbers of infections in Germany, in my opinion, there is a need for additional measures to reduce the number of contacts beyond what has been agreed," Spahn told German ZDF television.
"We still have too many districts and regions where additional measures are still needed," he added.
12:45 pm — Almaty, Kazakhstan — Kazakhstan to start producing Russian COVID-19 vaccine
Kazakhstan will start producing the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against the novel coronavirus this month and begin a mass vaccination campaign next year, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev's office said on Friday.
The Central Asian nation will begin production of the Russian vaccine on Dec. 22 and start the campaign by vaccinating doctors, teachers and policemen, Prime Minister Askar Mamin told the president.
Kazakhstan is also about to start phase III clinical trials of its own vaccine, Mamin said, and will produce 2 million doses of it this month.
The former Soviet republic of 19 million has imposed two lockdowns this year and reported 134,706 COVID-19 cases with 1,990 deaths.
12:30 pm — Mumbai, India — India records 36,595 new coronavirus cases
India's daily coronavirus cases rose by less than 40,000 for the fifth straight day, health ministry data showed on Friday, with 36,595 new infections reported in the last 24 hours.
India's daily rate has fallen since the south Asian nation reported the world’s highest such tallies through most of August and September, despite a busy festival season last month that experts had warned could trigger a spike in infections.
Its tally is now at 9.57 million and remains the world’s second-highest after the United States, where there have been nearly 14 million infections.
Deaths in India rose by 540, the ministry said, with the total now at 139,188.
12:15 pm — Berlin Germany — Germany's confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 23,449
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 23,449 to 1,130,238, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Friday.
The reported death toll rose by 432 to 18,034, the tally showed.
12:00 pm — Moderna to supply up to 125 million COVID-19 vaccine doses globally in the first quarter
Moderna Inc said on Thursday it expects to have between 100 million and 125 million doses of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine available globally in the first quarter of 2021.
The company said 85 million to 100 million of those doses would be available in the United States, with 15 million to 25 million available outside the country.
The first-quarter doses are within the 500 million to up to 1 billion doses the company expects to manufacture globally in 2021, Moderna said.
Results from an early-stage trial showed that the vaccine, mRNA-1273, produced high levels of binding and neutralizing antibodies that declined slightly over time but remained elevated in all participants three months after the booster vaccination, the company said.
The drug maker’s shares were down about 2% at $154.4 after the bell.
11:45 am — Islamabad, Pakistan — Former accountability judge Arshad Malik passes away due to coronavirus
Former accountability court judge Arshad Malik passed away due to novel coronavirus on Friday, Geo News reported quoting unnamed sources.
The ex-judge was admitted in a private hospital for the past few days.
Read more here.
11:30 am — Seoul, South Korea — S Korea reports 629 new coronavirus cases, highest in nine months
South Korea reported 629 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest number in nine months.
Of the new cases, 295 were from the capital Seoul alone, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported.
11:15 am — Shanghai, China — Mainland China reports 17 new COVID-19 cases vs 16 a day earlier
Mainland China reported 17 new COVID-19 cases on December 3, up from 16 cases a day earlier, the country's national health authority said on Friday.
The National Health Commission, in a statement, said 15 of the new cases were imported infections originating from overseas. There were also two locally transmitted infections in the Inner Mongolia region, the commission said.
The number of new asymptomatic cases, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, rose to 12 from five cases a day earlier.
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Mainland China now stands at 86,584, while the death toll remained unchanged at 4,634.
11:00 am — Mexico City, Mexico — Mexico reports 11,030 new coronavirus cases, 608 more deaths
Mexico's health ministry on Thursday reported 11,030 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection and 608 additional fatalities, bringing the total in the country to 1,144,643 cases and 108,173 deaths.
The government says the real number of infected people is likely significantly higher than the confirmed cases.