Live updates: Global COVID-19 cases exceed 83 million, U.S. confirms over 20 million infections
Updated 09:12, 02-Jan-2021

Confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide have surpassed 83 million, with over 1.8 million fatalities and more than 47 million recoveries, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

Here is the latest:

The Chinese mainland on Friday recorded 22 new COVID-19 cases, including eight local infections. Shanghai has identified the UK COVID-19 virus variant in an imported case.

The U.S. has recorded over 20 million cases with more than 347,000 deaths. Florida became the third known U.S. state to detect the highly contagious COVID-19 strain circulating in the UK.

The World Health Organization on Thursday approved Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, making it the first jab to receive emergency validation from the organization.

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