As of 3:21pm on 29 November 2020, there are 61,869,330 confirmed cases of coronavirus around the world. [World Health Organisation]
As of 4:00pm on 29 November 2020, there are 1,617,327 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK out of 39,888,901 tested. [GOV.UK]
216 countries, areas or territories are affected by COVID-19 with Latin America being the epicentre of the virus. [World Health Organisation]
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Following the Prime Minister setting out the COVID-19 Winter Plan on 23 November, Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, set out England's regional tiers.
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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that from 15 December 2020, passengers arriving into England from countries not featured on the government’s travel corridor list will have the option to take a test after 5 days of self-isolation, with a negative result releasing them from the need to isolate
The government announced its COVID-19 Winter Plan, confirming the end of national restrictions on 2 December. England will return to local tiers, with shops, gyms, personal care, and leisure to reopen
In Northern Ireland, Stormont Ministers agreed a new £300m support package for Northern Irish businesses that will be forced to close when tougher measures come into place on 27 November
The government has announced, ahead of the new tier system coming into force from 3 December, that rapid mass testing - delivered with support from the military - will be used in all Tier 3 areas of England
The Northern Ireland administration has announced a two-week period of tougher COVID-19 lockdown measures starting from 27 November
The First Minister for Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon announced the latest review of COVID-19 restrictions in Scotland. The new restrictions will see 11 of Scotland's 32 local authorities preparing to go into level four lockdown
At the virtual G20 summit, leaders of the world’s 20 biggest economies have said they would ensure an affordable and fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, drugs and tests around the world so that poorer countries were not left out, but gave few specifics about how they would do this. Speaking to reporters in Berlin after the virtual G20 meeting, German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed concern that no major vaccine agreements had yet been struck for poorer countries
The Australian state of New South Wales is to reopen its border with neighbouring Victoria for the first time since July. Victoria, which imposed a tough lockdown after a surge in cases, has reported no new infections since the beginning of November. Australia has recorded about 900 deaths and 28,000 infections in total
US biotech company Moderna announced that it’s mRNA vaccine had an efficacy of 95% in trials. Moderna’s vaccine could have an advantage over Pfizer’s as it can be kept in an ordinary fridge at 2C to 8C for a month. But with early-pricing set at $37 a dose, Moderna’s vaccine is above target prices for Johnson & Johnson, at $10, and Pfizer, at $20. AstraZeneca and Oxford University are aiming to sell their vaccine at about £3 a dose
More than 150,000 new coronavirus cases were reported in the US after a steep rise in infections that began early last month, according to the COVID-19 Tracking Project. The rate of hospital admissions has also surpassed the peaks in April and deaths have climbed well past 1,000 a day. Although the daily death toll remains about half the peaks reached earlier this year
US and German companies Pfizer and BioNTech announced their vaccine candidate was found to be more than 90% effective in preventing COVID-19 in participants without evidence of prior SARS-CoV-2 infection in the first interim efficacy analysis
Future US President Joe Biden announced a group of leading scientists and experts as Transition Advisors to "help take the Biden-Harris COVID-19 plan and convert it into an action blueprint that starts on 20 January 2021
Britain closed its borders to travellers from Denmark following concerns about a strain of coronavirus that has spread to humans from Denmark’s mink farms. British citizens and permanent residents will be allowed in but will have to isolate for 14 days. All of Denmark’s 17 million mink will need to be culled
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