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The new coronavirus pandemic has registered in the last 24 hours more than 533,000 new cases and 7,189 deaths, bringing the total to more than 67 million infected people around the world, according to the balance published this Monday by Johns Hopkins University.

Around the world, 533,694 new cases were registered in the last day, bringing the total amounts to 67,073,749 infections, while the global death toll stands at 1,536,072. More than 43.1 million people have managed to overcome covid-19.

United States has registered in recent weeks worst case data of the entire pandemic and compute in this balance more than 175,000 positives and 1,114 deaths, bringing the total to 14.75 million infections. The fatalities due to the covid on US soil rise to 282,312.

India, instead, it continues with the downward trend of the contagion rate of these last weeks, although it already exceeds 9.67 million cases and accumulates 140,573 deaths. The Asian country is the one that has registered the most recoveries to date, more than 9.1 million.

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17:32 – EXTREMADURA | The autonomous community of Extremadura has registered 75 confirmed positive cases of covid-19 and two people died in a day in which hospital admissions have increased.

Thus, in Extremadura hospitals there are currently admitted 167 people, 12 more than notified this past Monday, of which 30 of them are in ICU.

17:14 – LAST HOUR | The symptomatic COVID-19 vaccine developed by the English University of Oxford with the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has acceptable levels of safety and is effective, according to preliminary results of Phase 3 of clinical trials published this Tuesday in the journal "The Lancet ".

The Oxford experts today published for the first time the conclusions of their clinical trials, which showed an absence of hospitalization.nes or "severe illness" in the vaccinated individuals of the group.

These results on the clinical efficacy of the drug (AZD1222) -reviewed by other independent experts- come from the analysis of a pre-specific group of Phase 3 carried out in the United Kingdom and Brazil with 11,636 subjects, to which is added "security data" of a total of 23,745 individuals tested in four tests developed in the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa.

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16:40 – CANARY ISLANDS | The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands has provisionally notified 141 new cases of coronavirus in the islands this Tuesday, bringing the total accumulated cases in the Canary Islands is 22,285.

In the last 24 hours there have been no deaths and by islands, Gran Canaria adds 29 cases with a total of 9,646 accumulated and Tenerife has 9,842 accumulated cases, 108 more than the previous day.

16:26 – LAST MINUTE | The Junta de Castilla y León will allow hospitality, gyms and shopping centers to open from Friday, December 11, throughout the autonomous community except in Burgos city, as reported by the regional government through a press release.

This agreement has been adopted after the meeting this Tuesday of the Crisis Cabinet of the Government of the Junta de Castilla y León which has agreed to propose to the Governing Council next Thursday do not extend the extraordinary measures and maintain those of the Level 4 health alert.

16:15 – LAST MINUTE | The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed on Tuesday the safety and efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech in a first analysis prior to its authorization, which pointed out that vaccination could begin in the country in the coming days.

In its analysis, the FDA noted that the vaccine, the first considered for distribution in the US, was compliant "with the prescribed success criteria"in a clinical study.

The report states that the vaccine, which requires two doses, guarantees "covid-19 risk reduction confirmed at least seven days after dose 2 "and" a confirmed severe COVID-19 risk reduction at any time after dose 1 ".

The efficacy rate is 95% in general and 94% among those over 65 years of age (population at risk), and therefore is much higher than 50% required by the FDA to approve candidates for vaccines against covid-19.

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16:04 – The organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF) today called for more transparency to the pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna to guarantee an increase in supplies of anticovid vaccines, so that doses are not monopolized by countries with the highest purchasing power.

"Much of the limited first doses has already been captured by countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as the European Union (EU), leaving very little for other countries in the short term"said in a statement the co-executive director of the MSF access campaign, Sidney Wong.

Grace Thomson receives the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from Paula McMahon, on the first day of the largest immunization program in the British history, at the Louisa Jordan Hospital, in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain December 8, 2020. Jeff J Mitchell Pool via REUTERS

15:47 The evolution of the pandemic in Germany has triggered this Tuesday a wave of new regional restrictions, which add to the recent decisions of Bavaria to try to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

The measures were released while the pandemic figures remain at a "too high" level, in the opinion of the German Government, and shortly after the German Chancellor's statements were leaked again, Angela Merkel, calling for tougher restrictions, including closure of schools, kindergartens and retail stores, in addition to the curfew.

15:38 The Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology (SEIMC) has warned this Tuesday that rapid antibody detection tests covid-19 for self-diagnosis, which could soon be on sale in pharmacies, "they don't work and should not be used to diagnose infection. "

In a statement and before the commercialization of these rapid tests, the SEIMC has emphasized that an "agile and precise" diagnosis is key to controlling the epidemic but "at the present time there is no test that allows a reliable self-diagnosis in practice."

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15:15 – MADRID | The Community of Madrid will activate from this Wednesday six new devices for antigen testing within the basic health zones (ZBS) that respond to the health areas with the highest transmission of covid-19 in the region. As the regional government has detailed, the tests will start in the Basic Health Zone of Parque Loranca, in the municipality of Fuenlabrada, and in San Martin de la Vega, in the basic zone under the same name.

On Thursday, December 10, it will be the turn of the Opañel ZBS, in the Madrid district of Carabanchel; While on Friday, December 11, the tests will begin to be carried out at the ZBS of Jazmín, in the district of Ciudad Lineal. That same day the device will be launched in the ZBS by Andrés Mellado, in the Chamberí district. Finally, on Saturday, December 12, the antigen tests will be carried out on the residents of the ZBS from The Well of Uncle Raimundo, in the district of Puente de Vallecas.

14:58 – Russian health authorities raised this Tuesday to 56 days deadline in which those interested in being vaccinated against covid-19 should refrain from consuming alcohol.

"Two weeks before immunity with absolute safety you have to stop consuming (alcohol). The formation of immunity is 21 days between the two injections and another 21 after ", for a total of 56 days, he said. Anna popova, Russian health chief, to the Komsomólskaya Pravda radio station.

"Two weeks before immunity, you absolutely must stop consuming (alcohol)"

14:45 – The Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology (SEIMC) has warned this Tuesday that the rapid screening tests of covid-19 antibodies for self-diagnosis, which could soon be on sale in pharmacies, "they do not work and should not be used for diagnosisr infection ".

In a statement and before the commercialization of these rapid tests, the SEIMC has emphasized that a diagnosis "agile and precise"It is key to control the epidemic but" at the present time there is no proof allowing in practice a reliable self-diagnosis ".

14:29 – ASTURIAS | The Ministry of Health of the Principality of Asturias confirms 100 new cases of covid-19 diagnosed this Monday, a day in which there were 15 deaths and 36 hospital admissions of people with coronavirus.

In a press release, the regional executive has reported that the 15 death correspond to seven women of 76, 81, 88, 90, 90, 92 and 96 years old, and eight men of 81, 82, 83, 84, 87, 87, 88 and 91. Six of these people lived in a residential center for the elderly.

14:16 – To the long list of tourism subsectors Impacted by the anticovid restrictions, the ski resorts are added, which have been forced to delay their opening in Europe, despite having, in many of them, good weather conditions to start the new season.

However, the snow sector, for which the christmas period represents a third of annual income, had already suffered the impact of the pandemic before, in fact was one of its first victims, having to accelerate headlong its closure, in mid-March, due to the states of alarm decreed in most European countries.

The Pyrenees ski resorts closed. (EFE)

14:07 – CASTILLA Y LEÓN | The autonomy accounts for a total of 130,907 positive for coronavirus, of them 252 new, 21 new fatalities (14 of them in hospitals and seven in residences) and a total of 18,326 hospital discharges, 33 new, according to the data provided by the Ministry of Health.

Statistics for this Tuesday record 14 deaths in hospitals. A total of 3,888 deaths in this area have been reported so far in the Community. For their part, hospital discharge of patients who entered with covid-19 now reach 18,326, after adding another 33 in the previous 24 hours.

13:54 – ANDALUSIA | The community adds 434 cases of coronavirus this Tuesday, the lowest number since August 18, according to data from the Institute of Statistics and Cartography (IECA), which counts 33 deaths, eleven more than the day before and 47 less than seven days ago.

In addition, the community this day reduces its incidence rate of covid-19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days up to 190.8, below the 250 that the Ministry of Health qualifies as "very high risk".

13:43 – Two weeks before the Christmas period begins and with it the population is given a little respite to meet with at least 10 relatives for the celebrations after a year of confinements of all kinds, the autonomous communities begin to breathe when they see that the infections maintain a slight downward trend.

While the Ministry of Health marked this Monday an accumulated incidence in Spain in the last 14 days of 215.10 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, positives for coronavirus begin to decline after marking a few weeks ago second wave highs. However, in the case of a new daily balance during a long weekend, in the case of Madrid, or after several holidays, it is necessary to wait until Thursday to check if the trend continues falling.

The CCAA manage to lower the infections and take air a few days after starting Christmas

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13:29 – BALEARIC ISLANDS | The Balearic Epidemiology Service has notified 218 new positives by covid-19, so that the accumulated total is 26,193 cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic in the Islands.

As reported by the Ministry of Health and Consumption, this Tuesday the figure of deceased remains at 426, given that in the last few hours there have been no new deaths from the coronavirus in the community.

13:16 – Several dozen young people have celebrated tonight a party in the guesthouse of a convent in Derio (Bizkaia), and the Ertzaintza is in the place identifying them as they leave the same, has informed the Basque police.

This Monday, at 10 pm, the Ertzaintza received the notice of the party, which was being celebrated in the San José guesthouse, a lodging offered by the Las Clarisas monastery in Derio, a quarter of an hour from Bilbao.

At seven o'clock this morning about two dozen young people have left the place. As they have been leaving, the Ertzaintza has identified them

At seven this morning about two dozen young people they have left the place. As they have been leaving, the Ertzaintza has identified them and communicated the sanctions for meeting more people than allowed and for not comply with the curfew.

13:02 – BASQUE COUNTRY | Euskadi has registered 369 new cases of covid-19 this past Monday, 54 more than the day before, although the rate of positives with respect to the tests carried out has dropped to 5.6%, according to the latest data made public by the Basque Department of Health.

Basque hospitals have increased the new hospital admissions of patients with this disease, with a total of 59 in the last round, and the ICUs take in 128 affected people, three less than on Sunday.

12:51 – MURICA | The number of new cases of coronavirus in the Region of Murcia has stood at 106 in the last 24 hours, in a day in which two people have died, a man and a woman aged 62 and 86, from Murcia and Cartagena.

Thus, the number of deaths registered by this disease in the Community amounts to 637, according to the data provided by the corresponding Epidemiology Service this Monday at 11:59 p.m.

12:32 The Barcelona City Council has put into operation an internet tablet loan bank for vulnerable students who is in a situation of confinement due to Covid-19. It has done so through the Consorci d'Educació de Barcelona, ​​which has allocated 500,000 euros from CCovid funds to the purchase of 2,000 devices, as reported on Tuesday by the City Council and the consortium in a statement.

Since the beginning of October 610 tablets have been loaned among the students who are in compulsory education and 1,464 have been destined to people who follow post-compulsory studies. Once the quarantine ends and he returns to the classroom activity, the student has to return the device to the center where you purchased it.

12:18 – CANTABRIA | Cantabria has added eleven more deaths with coronavirus, which brings the total of deaths in the region to 342, of which 130 have been registered in this second wave of the pandemic. New positive cases have also risen and revenues have fallen.

Of the new victims, four have occurred in the last hours, while the remaining seven derive from updating the data and the inclusion of out-of-hospital deaths registered between November 12 and 21, whose administrative registration procedure takes longer, the Ministry of Health explained.

Thus, this Monday they died with Covid two men aged 88 and 91 and two women aged 85 and 99; while in the middle of last month, two men of 89 and 91 years old and five women of 85, 94, 94, 98 and 98 years old did it.

View of Playa del Sardinero in Santander. (EFE)

12:06 – ARAGON | The government of Aragon has notified 125 new cases of coronavirus corresponding to this Monday, December 7, 2020. Caspe, with 11 cases, and Alagón with 9, both towns in the province of Zaragoza. These are provisional figures, pending the updating of the final data on the Transparency Portal of the regional Executive.

In the city ​​of Zaragoza, seven cases have been recorded in the Santa Isabel neighborhood, four in Actur Norte, three in Fernando el Católico, La Almozara, Sagasta-Ruiseñores and Universitas, two in Miralbueno-Garrapinillos, Goya Park, Las Fuentes, Casablanca and Actur Oeste and one in Torrero and Puerta del Carmen.

11:42 – GALICIA | The number of people hospitalized in Galicia with covid-19 has decreased slightly in recent hours, going from 412 to 372; time in which the number of new positives detected also decreases, which are at 232 (28 less).

Specifically, according to the data published this Tuesday by the Ministry of Health updated at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, a total of 322 people remain admitted on the floors of Galician hospitals; while in intensive care units there are 50 patients.

11:22 – LA RIOJA | The territory has registered this Tuesday a new decrease in cases active, with 45 less going from 646 to 601, but a new deceased has lamented, according to the latest data provided by the Government of La Rioja. Regarding hospital pressure, it has dropped from 89 to 88 in the different Riojan centers.

Specifically, the last person to die is a man, of advanced age and risk factors, who did not reside in any nursing home. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 568 people have died in our community. From this figure, 283 were residents of senior centers.

11:03 – CATALONIA | The community has registered 351,027 accumulated confirmed cases of coronavirus -319,041 with a PCR test or antigen test-, 1,127 more than in the count on Monday, has informed the Ministry of Health of the Generalitat.

The total death toll stands at 16,218, 41 more than those registered on Monday: 10,029 in hospital or socio-health center, 4,337 in residence, 963 at home and 889 that are not classifiable due to lack of information.

Catalonia manages to lower the speed of contagion and income, but registers 1,127 cases in 24 hours

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10:38 – The French Government announced this Tuesday that a first outbreak of avian flu has been located in a farm, specifically in a exploitation of 6,000 ducks in the department of the Landes, about fifty kilometers from the Spanish border.

The focus, confirmed by the national laboratoryThe reference of the National Agency for Sanitary Food Security (ANSES), is located in the town of Benesse-Maremne, where it was verified on Saturday "a strong mortality", as explained by the Ministry of Agriculture in a statement.

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10:11 – A new study led by researchers from the McGill University (Canada) has pointed out that the proteins involved in the initiation of covid-19 infection can make the elderly and people with other most vulnerable diseases, since the virus binds to the host cells of different animals. A increased cellular oxidation With aging and disease it may explain why the elderly and those with chronic diseases become infected more often and more severely.

In the study, published in the Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal, the researchers analyzed the protein sequences available viruses and receptors for host cell through different spices to find out why.

Health workers transfer a user from a nursing home. (EFE)

09:49 – NAVARRA | The territory has registered 67 new positive cases of covid-19, which represents a decrease compared to the 82 infections registered the previous day.

According to the provisional data published by the Government of Navarra, on Monday's session they were held in the Autonomous Community a total of 1,358 tests, between PCR and antigen test. The positivity rate stands at 4.9%, lower than that of this Sunday of 7.6%.

09:31 – The new coronavirus pandemic has left in the last 24 hours in Germany 14,000 new cases, which leaves the country touching the 1.2 million infections, according to data released Monday by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German government agency in charge of infectious disease control.

Specifically, 14,054 positives have been recorded, bringing the total to 1,197,709 people infected. In addition, there have been another 423 deaths, one of the worst data to date, so they are already 19,342 fatalities in the country. In terms of recoveries, the figure rises to 881,800 people cured.

Germany, with 14,054 more cases, recognizes a "slight increase" since 4-D despite the measures

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09:14 – Galicia faces a decisive bridge for the containment of the covid-19 pandemic with the announcement of screening in hospitality and tourism, three weeks after the start of a Christmas marked by mobility, capacity and schedule of the celebrations relatives.

The Xunta has advanced this Monday the realization of an important screening to detect the coronavirus among hospitality and tourism workers, after relaxing the restrictions that weighed on both sectors due to the high incidence of tiny infectious agent, which has put the world in check in 2020.

The Xunta announces screenings in hospitality and asks for caution before Christmas

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08:49 – The Chinese city of Chengdu has announced that it will carry out massive coronavirus tests after at least one district is detected five new cases of covid-19 whose origin is still unknown, according to the official press reported on Tuesday.

This city, capital of the central province of Sichuan, detected on Monday two cases in the Pidu area, a couple whose household, based on the results of samples taken by local pandemic management teams, was "severely contaminated" by the virus, present in places such as a doorknob or in food stored in the refrigerator.

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08:16 – The United Kingdom begins its immunization program against covid on Tuesday, the biggest in its history, after last week becoming the first country in the world to approve the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The Minister of Health, Matt hancock, has confirmed on Twitter that all regions of the British territory have already received a proportional part of the 800,000 doses initials, which will be offered in this first phase to the most vulnerable groups of the population, starting with those over 80 years of age.

A 90-year-old woman, the first in the world to receive the Pfizer vaccine against covid-19

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As announced by the BBC, a 90 year old woman It was the first to receive the vaccine this Tuesday morning. Margaret Keenan, from Enniskillen, has expressed that she felt "very privileged" after receiving the first dose at Coventry University Hospital.

08:00 Good Morning! The Ministry of Health has recorded 17,681 new positives of coronavirus since Friday, bringing the total number to 1,702,328, with a cumulative incidence in the last 14 days of 215.10 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, while the number of deaths amounts to 46,646 after the last 394 deaths.

According to Health data, the communities with the most new cases diagnosed in the last 24 hours have been the Basque Country (282), Galicia (239), Madrid (216) and Catalonia (206). In total it has been reported 1,800 new cases since yesterday.