Latest coronavirus: Texas reports record daily increase in deaths, cases of British strain

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Illinois on Thursday became the fifth U.S. state to confirm 1 million cases of coronavirus. According to health department data, 8,757 new infections were reported within 24 hours, the largest one-day increase since December 17.
The excess mortality in Mexico City due to Covid-19 was 166% more than expected late December and accelerates, according to a new study which found that the capital had the highest excess mortality per capita of any city in the world.
California counted more than 500 deaths of Covid-19 for the second day since the start of the pandemic, as the number of available intensive care beds hit a new low. The state’s health department said 583 more deaths attributed to the coronavirus were reported in the past day, just below a one-day high of 585 on January 1.
Israel has obtained enough of a two-dose BioNTech / Pfizer vaccine to vaccinate every citizen over 16 years of age against the coronavirus by the end of March. “The first plane will arrive on Sunday and there will be more consecutively,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
Nearly 1.3 million people in England have now been vaccinated, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Thursday. Speaking at a televised press briefing, Mr Johnson said as of January 6, 1.26 million people in England had received the first doses of the vaccine and would within two to three weeks have a “Considerable degree of immunity”.
Pennsylvania on Thursday joined a growing list of U.S. states for confirming its first case of the British variant of coronavirus. The case of variant B.1.1.7 has been confirmed in Dauphin County, which surrounds the capital, Harrisburg.
Scientists have found that the drugs used to fight rheumatoid arthritis reduce the risk of death of Covid-19 by a quarter. Two immunosuppressive drugs, tocilizumab and sarilumab, have reduced intensive care unit stays by up to 10 days, according to data released by the UK government-backed Remap-cap study.
The Brazilian institute testing a vaccine against the Chinese coronavirus said the coup had 78% efficiency after advanced stage testing. The results pave the way for the deployment of the vaccine from the Beijing-based Sinovac group.
Arsenal, one of the best football clubs in the English Premier League, has borrowed £ 120m as part of the Bank of England’s coronavirus pandemic loan program, highlighting the financial pain felt even in elite sport.
Almost 95% of people in the Spanish region of Catalonia who have been offered the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine have accepted the dose. Catalonia has vaccinated 25,000 people against Covid-19, 55 percent of them are caring for residents of the homes, the rest being health workers.
London hospitals will be overwhelmed by Covid-19 patients in two weeks, unless the current admissions rate drops significantly, according to Vin Diwakar, NHS London medical director, who said even in the “best of times” London hospitals would run out of nearly 2,000 beds by January 19.

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