Live updates: Global COVID-19 cases surpass 261 million
Updated 21:32, 29-Nov-2021

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide has surpassed 261 million, with over 5.2 million deaths, the latest data from Johns Hopkins University shows.

Here is the latest: 

The Chinese mainland recorded 41 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, with 21 linked to local transmissions and 20 from overseas.

The WHO said on Monday that the Omicron variant is likely to spread internationally, posing a "very high" global risk where COVID-19 surges could have "severe consequences" in some areas.

President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa said the world needs to resist unjustified and unscientific travel restrictions imposed in light of the emergence of the Omicron variant.

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