COVID-19: What you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic on 14 January

SourceWorld Economic Forum
CountryMiddle east

This daily round-up brings you a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected. Top stories: President-elect Biden's economic plan; Second year of the pandemic 'could even be tougher'; Restrictions extended and introduced across Europe. 1. How COVID-19 is affecting the globe Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have now passed 92.3 million globally, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The number of confirmed deaths stands at more than 1.97 million. Cuba has registered record new daily COVID-19 infections for the last six days, with 550 recorded yesterday. The government has responded by tightening restrictions, including closing more schools and shutting down public transport. Portugal has announced a new lockdown, similar to one imposed last March and April - but schools will remain open.

A recovery in companies' earnings expected in the first half of this year is being pushed back as restrictions in several countries hit recovery hopes, investment banks have said. Global consumption patterns will also remain suppressed in the first half of this year, the chief executive of Unilever told Reuters. Denmark has extended a lockdown for at least a further three more...