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We provide the latest updates and crucial information on the global COVID-19 pandemic here.

Jan 31 

Outside China

The latest figures reported by each government's health authority as of Jan 30, 2021.

- US COVID-19 cases surpass 26 mln - Johns Hopkins University (Read more)


Latest data released by National Health Commission by midnight, Jan 30, 2021.

- Chinese mainland reports 92 new COVID-19 cases, including 73 locally transmitted (Read more)

- FM says vaccine to further lift anti-pandemic co-op with Hungary (Read more)

Jan 30

Outside China

- New York City indoor restaurant dining to resume Feb 14, governor says (Read more)

Johnson criticized for Scotland trip in lockdown (Read more)


Chinese mainland reports 52 new COVID-19 cases, including 36 locally transmitted (Read more)

Jan 29

Outside China

- UN chief urges making vaccine solidarity top priority (Read more)

- UN chief received his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine (Read more)

- AstraZeneca and EU in dispute over vaccine delay (Read more)

- Africa's confirmed COVID-19 cases near 3.5 mln: Africa CDC (Read more)

- Three more countries added to UK travel 'red list' amid coronavirus variant concerns (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 52 new COVID-19 cases, including 36 locally transmitted (Read more)

Jan 28

Outside China

- UN chief reiterates call for equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines (Read more)

- UK to impose mandatory hotel quarantine for arrivals returning from 'red list' countries: PM (Read more)

- AstraZeneca and Oxford University to make an updated version of their vaccine that will target the so-called South African variant of the novel coronavirus (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 54 new COVID-19 cases, including 41 locally transmitted (Read more)

- Dalian, a port city in Northeast China's Liaoning province, cleared of COVID-19 cases

Jan 27

Outside China

- Global COVID-19 cases surpass 100 million: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- Bilateral vaccine deals putting WHO-led COVAX at risk: Tedros (Read more)

- UK coronavirus-related deaths top 100,000 (Read more)

- Indonesian president receives 2nd injection of Sinovac vaccine (Read more)

- Sydney eases COVID-19 restrictions after squashing Christmas clusters (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 75 new COVID-19 cases, including 55 locally transmitted (Read more)

Jan 26 


- Chinese mainland reports 82 new COVID-19 cases, including 69 locally transmitted

- Shanghai adds two new cases of COVID-19 (Read more)

- Hebei's containment continues as new cases dwindle (Read more)

- Street in Harbin labeled high-risk area for COVID-19 (Read more)

Outside China

- 100 mln COVID-19 cases worldwide expected this week: WHO chief (Read more)

- WHO official warns of continued transmission of coronavirus even after wide vaccinations (Read more)

- Biden says 100-day goal on vaccinations may rise to 150 million instead of 100 million (Read more)

- California lifts regional stay-at-home order for all regions (Read more)

- Turkey receives more Chinese COVID-19 vaccines; Palestine mulls over closing borders to curb new virus strain (Read more)

Jan 25

Outside China

- Mexican president tests positive for COVID-19 (Read more)

- Egypt starts vaccinating medics with Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine (Read more)

- US COVID-19 cases surpass 25 mln - Johns Hopkins University

- Canada's fight against COVID-19 in critical stage: top doctor 


- Chinese mainland reports 124 new COVID-19 cases, including 117 locally transmitted (Read more)

- Five communities and villages in Shijiazhuang are designated as low risk for virus infections on Monday (Read more)

- Jilin, Heilongjiang outbreak control work continues as new cases are found (Read more)

Jan 24

Outside China

- Sweden asks travelers from Norway to self-quarantine, receive testing (Read more)

- UK mulls hotel quarantine amid new coronavirus variant concerns (Read more)

- Chicago eases COVID-19 restriction to allow limited indoor dining (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 80 new COVID-19 cases, including 65 locally transmitted 

- Confirmed cases rise to 12 in Shanghai (Read more)

- Hebei maintains daily new cases to under 20 (Read more)

- Jilin punishes officials over latest outbreak (Read more)

Jan 23

Outside China 

Tighter curbs sought for EU virus hot spots (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 107 new COVID-19 cases, including 90 locally transmitted with 56 in Heilongjiang, 15 in Hebei, 13 in Jilin, 3 in Beijing and 3 in Shanghai (Read more)

- Heilongjiang province reported 56 new confirmed cases (Read more)

- Shanghai records three new confirmed cases (Read more)

- HKSAR govt issues compulsory testing notice concerning specified area (Read more)

- People returning to rural areas between Jan 28 and March 8 need a negative nucleic acid test result within 7 days before arriving

Jan 22

Outside China

- China provides donation to Iraq to combat COVID-19 (Read more)

- Biden unveils national strategy to fight raging COVID-19 pandemic (Read more)

- US CDC forecasts 100,000 COVID deaths in next few week (Read more)

- Spain's daily coronavirus cases hit all-time high at 44,357

- France reports nearly 23,000 COVID-19 cases in one day

- The Indian government says over 1 million healthcare workers have been vaccinated against COVID-19


Chinese mainland reports 103 new COVID-19 cases, including 94 locally transmitted (Read more)

Jan 21

Outside China

- Chile approves emergency use of vaccine made by China's Sinovac (Read more)

- UK records highest daily coronavirus death toll at 1,820

- France's daily COVID-19 cases hit two-month high at 26,784

- Portugal experiences worst day of COVID-19 pandemic: 14,647 new infections and 219 deaths


- Chinese mainland reports 144 new COVID-19 cases, including 126 locally transmitted with 68 in Heilongjiang, 33 in Jilin, 20 in Hebei, 2 in Beijing, 2 in Shanxi, and 2 in Shandong (Read more)

Jan 20


- Chinese mainland reports 103 new COVID-19 cases, including 88 locally transmitted with 46 in Jilin, 19 in Hebei, 16 in Heilongjiang, and 7 in Beijing (Read more)

- Dongchang district in Tonghua city, Jilin province, and Wangkui county in Suihua city, Heilongjiang province, have been adjusted to high-risk areas for COVID-19 from medium-risk areas starting from Wednesday (Read more)

- People need to obtain a negative nucleic acid test result from within 7 days before arriving at their hometown

Outside China

- US death toll from COVID-19 tops 400,000 (Read more)

- Argentina undertakes timely COVID-19 vaccination campaign, says gov't (Read more)

- A new variant of the novel coronavirus has been discovered in Germany (Read more)

- Iraq approves use of Chinese, British COVID-19 vaccines; Israel extends lockdown for 10 days (Read more)

Jan 19


- Chinese mainland reports 118 new COVID-19 cases, including 106 locally transmitted with 43 in Jilin, 35 in Hebei, 27 in Heilongjiang, and 1 in Beijing (Read more)

Outside China

- US COVID-19 cases surpass 24 mln (Read more)

- Pakistan approves China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use (Read more)

- WHO chief warns of 'catastrophic moral failure' on COVID-19 vaccine rollout (Read more)

- African countries brace for second wave of COVID-19 (Read more)

Jan 18


- Chinese mainland reports 109 new COVID-19 cases, including 93 locally transmitted with 54 in Heibei, 30 in Jilin, 7 in Heilongjiang, 2 in Beijing (Read more)

- The city of Gongzhuling in Northeast China's Jilin province began a citywide nucleic acid testing on Monday (Read more)

Outside China

- Brazil approves emergency use of Chinese Sinovac, AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines (Read more)

- India confirms 447 cases of adverse events following COVID-19 vaccination (Read more)

- Iran buys 16.8 mln COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX; Lebanon signs deal to buy 2 mln Pfizer vaccines (Read more)

Jan 17


- Chinese mainland reports 109 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, 13 imported and 96 locally-transmitted

Outside China

- Ireland demands COVID-19 test results for int'l arrivals as cases near 170,000

Jan 16


- Chinese mainland reports 130 new COVID-19 cases including 115 locally transmitted, 90 Hebei and 23 in Heilongjiang (Read more)

- China's Shijiazhuang maintains stay-at-home order for COVID-19 control (Read more)

- Recent COVID-19 outbreaks in Hebei and Heilongjiang provinces are all imported, says National Health Commission (Read more)

- Beijing requires extra 7-day health monitoring for inbound travelers (Read more)

- Screenings show most new infections in N China's Hebei come from quarantine centers (Read more)

Outside China

Global COVID-19 deaths surpass 2 mln - Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- NYC running out of supply of COVID-19 vaccines: mayor (Read more)

Los Angeles County to hit 1 mln mark of COVID-19 cases this weekend

Jan 15


- Chinese mainland reports 144 new COVID-19 cases, 90 locally transmitted in Hebei and 43 in Heilongjiang (Read more)

Outside China

- COVID-19 was probably in Brazil as early as December 2019 (Read more)

- NYC COVID-19 test positivity rate up to 8.53 pct, new cases 3,527: mayor (Read more)

- Turkish president gets COVID-19 vaccine (Read more)

- British tennis star Andy Murray tests positive for COVID-19 (Read more)

Jan 14


- Chinese mainland reports 138 new COVID-19 cases, 81 locally transmitted in Hebei and 43 in Heilongjiang (Read more)

Outside China

- US COVID-19 cases surpass 23 mln: Johns Hopkins University

- First COVID-19 variant case found in US New Mexico (Read more)

- UK records highest daily death toll since start of COVID-19 (Read more)

- Portugal announces new nationwide lockdown to contain COVID-19

- Spain vaccinating 67,000 a day against coronavirus: Health Minister (Read more)

- Lebanese Health Minister infected with COVID-19 (Read more)

Jan 13


- Chinese mainland reports 115 new COVID-19 cases, 90 locally transmitted in Hebei (Read more)

- Experts work to find virus source in Hebei (Read more)

- 16 new local COVID-19 cases confirmed in Heilongjiang (Read more)

Outside China

- The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide has surpassed 90 million, according to the latest numbers from the World Health Organization. (Read more)

- US COVID-19 death toll reaches new single day record of nearly 4,500: Johns Hopkins

- US expands negative COVID-19 test requirement to all international air passengers (Read more)

- India's COVID-19 vaccination drive to begin on Jan 16 (Read more)

- Spain extends travel ban on UK arrivals to Feb 2 (Read more)

Jan 12


- Chinese mainland reports 55 new COVID-19 cases, with 13 imported and 42 locally-transmitted (Read more)

- North China's Hebei province reported 40 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, 39 in Shijiazhuang and one in Langfang, and 26 asymptomatic cases, all in Shijiazhuang. (Read more)

- As of Monday at midnight, Hebei has 305 confirmed cases.

- Gu'an county in Langfang started nucleic acid testing for all its residents on Tuesday.

- Up to 85.5 percent of cases in Hebei's latest wave have been found in rural areas.

- Shijiazhuang reports 21 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 12 asymptomatic cases as of noon Tuesday

Outside China

- Bruce Aylward, senior adviser to the WHO director general, says COVAX is expected to deliver vaccines to low-income countries in February (Watch video)

- Biden receives second dose of COVID-19 vaccine (Read more)

- Portugal president tests positive for COVID-19 but asymptomatic: official statement (Read more)

- NBA postpones games at Dallas and Chicago due to COVID-19 (Read more)

Jan 11

-  A team of experts from the World Health Organization will visit China on Jan 14 to conduct joint scientific research with Chinese peers on the origin of the novel coronavirus: National Health Commission (Read more)

Chinese mainland reports 103 new COVID-19 cases, with 18 imported and 85 locally-transmitted (Read more)

North China's Hebei province on Sunday reported 82 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 49 asymptomatic ones.

The total number of confirmed cases in Hebei stands at 267, of whom 265 were locally transmitted, data from the provincial health commission showed. (Read more)

- Rual areas in Beijing's Shunyi district implement closed-off management to curb virus spread

Outside China

- Global COVID-19 cases surpass 90 million -- Johns Hopkins University

- Mexican presidential spokesman tests positive for COVID-19 (Read more)

- More comprehensive testing alongside a vaccination program that will reach every adult by the fall will help to ease the worsening situation: UK health secretary (Read more)

Jan 10


-- The Chinese mainland reported 69 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, 21 imported and 48 locally-transmitted

-- First COVID-19 case in Hebei outbreak likely infected before Dec 15 (Read more)

Jan 9


- A total of 354 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the citywide nucleic acid testing in Shijiazhuang, all supermarkets and stores in the city have suspended offline business and turn to online orders and deliveries

- Chinese mainland reports 33 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 17 locally transmitted

- Xingtai in Hebei province extends home quarantine period for another 7 days as preventative measure

More than 9 million doses of coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the country, proving the safety of China-produced vaccine, according to the National Health Commission

Outside China

- WHO chief warns against 'vaccine nationalism'

Jan 8


- Beijing bans large gatherings during Spring Festival in the city's towns and rural areas

- Two cities in Hebei province under lockdown to curb outbreak (Read more)

- Chinese mainland reports 53 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 37 locally transmitted (Read more)

Outside China 

- 21.4 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccines distributed, 5.9 mln administered: US CDC (Read more)

- NYC borough chiefs demand greater clarity, urgency for NYS COVID-19 vaccination plan (Read more)

- Britain has recorded its highest number of daily COVID-19 deaths since April 21 - 1,162 (Read more)

- Israeli PM says any Israeli over 16 could be vaccinated against COVID-19 by March (Read more)

- Cuba reports highest number of active COVID-19 cases since start of pandemic (Read more)

Jan 7


- Chinese mainland reports 63 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 11 imported, 52 locally transmitted (Read more)

- Hebei province reports 51 new confirmed cases and 69 asymptomatic carriers (Read more)

Outside China

- Japan declares state of emergency in Tokyo, three neighboring prefectures (Read more)

- Travelers to UK may need negative test result (Read more)

- Portuguese president in self-isolation after contacting person tested positive for COVID-19: official (Read more)

- US sets COVID-19 hospitalization record as states ramp up vaccination efforts (Read more)

Jan 6


- Shijiazhuang in Hebei province suspends major transport links with outside following latest outbreak (Read more)

- 20 new COVID-19 cases reported in Hebei (Read more)

- Chinese mainland reports 32 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 9 imported, 23 locally transmitted (Read more)

Outside China

- World Bank projects global economy to grow by 4 pct in 2021 with widespread vaccination (Read more)

- WHO calls for solidarity amid rising COVID-19 risks (Read more)

- Canadian PM voices frustration with slow pace of COVID-19 vaccine rollout (Read more)

- Deaths due to the COVID-19 pandemic crossed the 150,000-mark in India

- Germany extends, tightens anti-virus measures to end of January (Read more)

Jan 5


- Chinese mainland reports 33 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 16 imported, 17 locally transmitted (Read more)

Outside China

- UK PM announced Monday that England will enter a national lockdown from midnight (Read more)

- NY finds first case of more contagious, 'UK' strain of coronavirus (Read more)

- Italy's coronavirus data holding steady, new rules in discussion as lockdown to end (Read more)

Jan 4


- Chinese mainland reports 33 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 20 imported, 13 locally transmitted (Read more)

Outside China

- Japan mulls state of emergency in Tokyo area (Read more)

- Egypt licenses Sinopharm vaccine for emergency use (Read more)

- Canada's COVID-19 cases surpass 600,000 (Read more)

- Africa's confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 2.8 mln: Africa CDC (Read more)

Jan 3


- The Chinese mainland reported 24 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, 16 imported and 8 locally-transmitted

- COVID-19 vaccination begins for key groups in Beijing (Read more)

- UK mutated COVID-19 virus found in South China (Read more)

Outside China

-US COVID-19 deaths top 350,000 (Read more)

- California funeral homes run out of space as COVID-19 rages (Read more)

- US Houston opens first public COVID-19 vaccination site (Read more)

Jan 2

Outside China

- US COVID-19 cases surpass 20 million (Read more)

- Vietnam reports first case of new coronavirus variant (Read more)

- S. Korea to extend tightened social-distancing rules until Jan 17 (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 22 new COVID-19 cases, including 8 from local transmission (Read more)

- Beijing reports one locally transmitted COVID-19 case (Read more)

Jan 1

Outside China

- California hospitals at 'brink of catastrophe'; 25,000 dead

- Vaccine, EU action key tools for Italy's post-COVID rebirth: president

Read more

- March 14 named as NYC's COVID-19 Remembrance Day (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 19 new COVID-19 cases Thursday, 9 locally transmitted (Read more)

- Taiwan confirms second COVID-19 variant case (Read more)

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