As of December 12, more than 71.1 million cases of COVID-19 infection were registered in the world. Almost 1.6 million people have died from complications caused by the disease, 45.4 million have recovered.
The first place in the number of cases of coronavirus infection is still occupied by the United States: here, since the beginning of the pandemic, 15.8 million people have been diagnosed with the disease. The infection claimed the lives of over 295.5 thousand people, more than 6.1 million recovered.
The second position is taken by India, where the coronavirus was diagnosed in more than 9.8 million inhabitants, over 142.6 thousand people died, more than 9.3 million recovered.
Brazil closes the top three: over 6.8 million cases of infection, 180.4 thousand deaths, 6 million recoveries.
The situation remains tense in Russia, France, Great Britain, Italy, Turkey, Spain, Argentina, Colombia, Germany, Mexico, Iran.
Situation in Russia
The daily COVID increase in Russia was 28,137. In Moscow, 6622 new episodes of the disease were registered per day.
New cases were registered in all 95 regions of the Russian Federation. So another 3,776 new cases of COVID-19 per day were recorded in St. Petersburg, 1,393 - in the Moscow region, 501 - in the Nizhny Novgorod region, 428 - in Karelia, 405 - in the Arkhangelsk region, 401 - in the Sverdlovsk region, 387 - in the Voronezh region, 376 - in the Rostov region, 367 - in the Vologda region, 340 - in the Khabarovsk region, 336 - in the Krasnoyarsk region, 333 - in the Crimea, 330 - in the Pskov region, 314 - in the Perm region, 302 - in the Komi. In other regions of the country, there are less than 300 new cases.
Over the past 24 hours, 560 people with coronavirus have died in the country. The death toll for the entire period of the pandemic reached 46,453.
26 118 patients with COVID-19 recovered and were discharged. The total number of people who recovered in the Russian Federation increased to 2 million 085 958 people.
For all the time, 2 million 625 848 cases of infection with a new type of coronavirus infection have been detected in the country.
Russia occupies a leading position in the world in organizing vaccination of the population against coronavirus, said Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.
The Novosibirsk Virological Center "Vector" has begun the postclinical stage of research on its drug against coronavirus. This vaccine entered civilian circulation in five cities - Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Tula and Novosibirsk.
Restrictions in the Moscow region were extended until January 12 and tightened on a number of parameters. So, cafes and restaurants will no longer be able to let visitors to corporate parties and similar events without a certificate of the absence of coronavirus. Hotel guests are required to present the same certificates.
The Moscow authorities have expanded the circle of citizens admitted to vaccination as a priority. Workers from trade and cultural institutions joined the doctors and teachers.
In the Nizhny Novgorod region from 19:00 on December 31, 2020 to 8:00 on January 1, 2021, catering services will be provided exclusively to take away. There are also restrictions on the work of baths and saunas.
On New Year's holidays, at all ski resorts of Krasnaya Polyana in Sochi, tourists will be tested for coronavirus infection if they feel unwell.
Mortality from coronavirus in October, according to Rosstat, more than doubled and reached 22,571 people, and in 14 thousand cases it became the main cause of death. The official number of deaths from COVID-19 has reached 78.6 thousand people.
Russia does not plan to introduce a lockdown due to the pandemic. As Dmitry Peskov noted, COVID-19 has increased mortality among Russians, but this is a global trend.
The coronavirus pandemic will decline in the middle of the coming year, says Oleg Gridnev, Deputy Minister of Health of the Russian Federation.This can be done with the help of a vaccine or other drug that will directly affect the infection, the professor said.
COVID can cause hair loss. Natalya Pshenichnaya, deputy director for clinical and analytical work of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor, told the journalists about this. This consequence is due to the fact that the body throws all its strength to maintain vital functions. As soon as the person recovers, the hair will start growing again and the hair loss will stop.
In the next year, the world is expected to increase morbidity and mortality from tuberculosis. The chief phthisiatrician of the Far Eastern Federal District Pavel Fadeev said that the coronavirus pandemic has a direct impact on the tuberculosis epidemic situation.
Boris Onykiy, President of the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI, has died of coronavirus. The death of the doctor of technical sciences, an 81-year-old professor, was reported by the press service of the university, from which he himself graduated in 1964 with a degree in electronic computers.
Another victim of the infection was the popular doctor, sexologist Lev Shcheglov. His last days were spent on a ventilator.
During a conference call, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that global pharmaceutical giants are using not the most worthy methods to discredit a domestic drug. According to Peskov, efforts to discredit the Russian vaccine are visible to the naked eye.
Immunologist, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Alexander Karaulov called the Russians a way to transfer infection with coronavirus in a mild form. According to him, the course of the disease largely depends on the readiness of the immune system to defend the body. At the same time, without good immunity, any virus, and even more so SARS-CoV-2, can cause irreparable damage to the body. The specialist noted that it is necessary to use drugs with immunomodulatory activity reasonably. To strengthen the immune system, the use of vitamins is also important, a very important factor is healthy sleep.
According to the immunologist-allergologist Vladimir Bolibok, the life expectancy of patients with coronavirus may be reduced, provided that the patient develops various chronic diseases.
Ukraine and coronavirus
During the day, 12.8 thousand new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in Ukraine, 243 patients died. This was announced on December 12 by the Minister of Health Maxim Stepanov on Facebook.
The largest number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection per day was registered in Kiev (1696), Odessa (1357), Zaporozhye (807), Kiev (785) and Lviv (721) regions.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 885,039 people have fallen ill in the country, 14,998 people have died from COVID-19.
Stepanov said that the country keeps records of COVID-19 patients in the electronic epidemiological surveillance system and that there are repeated cases of coronavirus infection.
Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine, said he refused to believe in the safety of the Russian vaccine.
According to the Ukrainian heart surgeon Boris Todurov, there are no laboratories in Ukraine that would investigate the quality of the coronavirus vaccines being developed.
The Mayor of Odessa Gennady Trukhanov, who was previously diagnosed with COVID-19, was hospitalized in an infectious diseases hospital.
The condition of the mayor of Kharkiv Gennady Kernes worsened, his second kidney completely failed.
The Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Odessa suspends the reception of visitors and the issuance of documents due to the complication of the situation with the spread of coronavirus.
Situation in the world
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the country's first coronavirus vaccine. The product was approved by Pfizer and BioNTech. President Donald Trump has promised that vaccinations will begin "in less than 24 hours."
The Russian Consulate General in New York has been quarantined until the end of the year due to the threat of coronavirus. Visitors who have previously booked an appointment will be able to get there only after the resumption of work.
A team of scientists in Iceland reported the establishment of another sign that may indicate infection with coronavirus. Many people who get sick have myalgia (muscle pain). Headache and cough were other common symptoms. With a mild course of the disease, most often people are faced with headache, nasal congestion and loss of smell.
Russian tourists are exempt from the bans introduced in Turkey. Persons purchasing travel packages, package tours, accommodation and transfer services from agencies are not subject to restrictions. There is currently a curfew throughout Turkey on weekends. Restrictions on leaving homes also apply on weekdays from 21:00 to 05:00.
The death rate from coronavirus in the world has increased by 60% over the past month and a half. This was stated by the head of the technical group of the emergency diseases unit of the World Health Organization Maria Van Kerkhove. These numbers are unevenly distributed across regions of the world, she said. So, in Europe, in six weeks, the mortality rate of patients with COVID-19 increased by almost 100 percent, the WHO expert emphasized. At the same time, in many countries, a decrease in the number of infections is noticeable.
The Cabinet of Ministers of Tatarstan approved a decree determining the procedure for payments to doctors working with coronavirus patients. The document applies to legal relations that arose from November 1. According to the document, payments are established for the actual hours worked.