Germany has reported its highest single-day coronavirus death toll, according to the Robert Koch Institute, the country's disease control agency.
On Thursday, Germany reported 1,244 fatalities, bringing the nationwide death toll to 43,881. It was a record daily rise in Covid-18 deaths, higher than the 1,188 recorded on January 8.
The Robert Koch Institute reported 25,164 Covid-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the national total to1,978,590.
On Wednesday, Germany's government signed off on a plan requiring travelers from high risk countries to get tested before entering the country.Health Minister Jens Spahn said that the curbs are needed to guard against the new, more contagious mutation of the virus.
Spahn also saidthat the country's current lockdown will be extended into February.
More than 750,000 people have been vaccinated in Germany under the country's inoculation program.
A Northern California hospital was fined $43,000 after it delayed reporting a recent Covid-19 outbreak which resulted in the death of one employee.
Santa Clara County said it issued a violation notice to Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center on January 5 "as a result of Kaiser's failure to timely report 43 cases involving personnel who tested positive between December 27, 2020 and January 1, 2021." That number has since grown,according to CNN affiliate KGO.
As of Monday, a total of 92 cases of the virus have been linked to this outbreak, according to health officials. This includes 77 staff members and 15 patients.
"Kaiser is responsible for complying with all applicable public health orders and work safety regulations, including timely reporting of cases and all required follow-ups," the county said in an email statement to CNN.
The initial cause of the outbreak continues to be investigated by the public health department, officials said.
The United States reported 224,258new Covid-19 cases and 3,848 additional deaths on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The latest figures bring the nationwide total to 23,071,895infections and at least 384,653 people have died from the virus in the US.
The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases.
Vaccines: At least29,380,125vaccine doses have been distributed and at least 10,278,462shots administered, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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BrazilianPresidentJair Bolsonaro has "tried to sabotage efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19 in Braziland pursued other policies that undermine human rights, according to a Human Rights Watch report.
In its World Report 2021 published Wednesday, the NGO said Bolsonaro repeatedly downplayed the coronavirus by calling it a little flu and byspreading misleading information about the pandemic.
Bolsonaro refusedtotake measurestoprotect himself and the people around him; disseminated misleading information; and triedtoblock states from imposing social distancing rules. His administration attemptedtowithhold Covid-19 data from the public. He fired his health minister for defending World Health Organization recommendations, and the replacement health minister quit in oppositiontothepresidents advocacyofan unproven drugtotreatCovid-19,the report said.
Anna Livia Arida, Brazil associate director at Human Rights Watch, recognized the roleof other government institutions such as Brazil's Supreme Court and Congress to help block many, although not all,ofBolsonaros anti-rights policies.
The Supreme Court ruled against the Bolsonaro administrations attemptstostrip statesofthe authoritytorestrict peoples movementstocontain thespreadofCovid-19,to effectively suspend the accesstoinformation law, andtowithhold Covid-19 data from the public," the report said.
"Congress passed a bill forcing the governmenttoprovide emergency health caretoIndigenous people, and the Supreme Court ordered the Bolsonaro administrationtodraft a plantofight thespreadofCovid-19 in Indigenous territories, it continued.
Government response: AccordingtoCNN Brasil, the countrys MinistryofWomen, Family and Human Rights issued a statement Wednesday arguing that the report "ignores measures taken by the governmenttoprotect human rights during the pandemic.
Numerous projects aimedtohelp children, adolescents, women and the elderly were mentioned in the statement, saying those were a formofgovernment aidtothe socioeconomic developments that occurred in the pandemic, CNN Brasil reported.
CNN has reached outtoBolsonaro'soffice for comment.
Brazilhas the third highest countofCovid-19 cases worldwide, following the US and India. AsofWednesday,Brazilhas reported 8,256,536 Covid-19 cases and 205,964 virus-related deaths.
Japan has surpassed 300,000 Covid-19 infections after it reported 5,848 new cases on Wednesday, the Health Ministry said.
The countrys total number of cases now stands at 303,335.
Japan added 100,000 cases in three weeks. It passed the 200,000 case mark on December 21.
On Wednesday, Japan reported 88 fatalities, raising its total virus death toll to 4,246.
The number of patients in serious condition across the country has also risen by 19 to a total of 900 people.
Tokyo, the hardest hit from the latest outbreak, reported 1,433 new Covid-19 cases from Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections confirmed in the capital to 78,566.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency in seven additional prefectures across the nation on Wednesday.
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TheNBAand National BasketballPlayersAssociation (NBPA) jointly announced Wednesday that ofthe 497playerstestedfor Covid-19 since January 6, 16 new players have returnedpositivetests.
NineNBAgames have been postponed this season, including eight since Sunday, for health and safety reasons.
Anyone whohasreturned a confirmedpositivetest, orhasbeen identified as having been in close contact to an infected person, is isolated or quarantined until they are cleared, the joint announcement said.
The leaguehasannounced that games scheduledforFriday,January15, between the Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena and between the Golden State Warriors and Phoenix Suns at Phoenix Suns Arena, have been postponed in accordance with the leagues health and safety protocols.
Because of ongoing contact tracing within the Wizards and Suns, the teams will not have the league-required eight availableplayersto proceed with Friday nights games.
US President-electJoe Bidenis expected to unveil a major Covid-19 relief package on Thursday and his advisers have recently told allies in Congress to expect a price tag in the ballpark of $2 trillion, according to two people briefed on the deliberations.
The Biden team is taking a "shoot for the moon" approach with the package, one lawmaker in close contact with them told CNN, though they added that the price tag could still change. The proposal will include sizable direct payments to American families, significant state and local funding -- including for coronavirus vaccine distribution and other emergency spending measures -- to help those struggling during the pandemic.
Biden is set to announce the details of his plan in Wilmington, Delaware, Thursday evening.
Democrats hold only the slimmest of majorities in the House and the Senate, and Republicans have recently resisted efforts to pass Covid-19 relief on a multi-trillion dollar scale. But Biden's party believes it may have only a brief window to pass sweeping relief legislation and the President-elect has faced significant pressure from some Democrats to go big.
Brian Deese, Biden's pick to lead the National Economic Council, said Wednesday at a conference that the package will include $2,000 stimulus checks, and address other relief measures like unemployment insurance.
Biden's early focus on a sweeping relief package reflects the political reality that his first year in office will be defined by his ability to combat the virus and stave off aneconomic collapse.
The World Health Organization team tasked with investigating the origins of the Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan has arrived in China, state broadcaster CGTN announced on Thursday.
The team is undergoing Covid-19 swab testing and will have to go through quarantine before they can start their field research, CGTN added.
The group's successful arrival comes after WHO announced last week that the team had been blocked from entering China as the necessary permissions to enter the country had not been approved.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said last week he was "very disappointed," in a rare rebuke of China from the UN agency.
For months, WHO officials had been negotiating with Beijing to allow a team of global scientists access to key sites to investigate the origin of the virus -- first detected in Wuhan in December 2019 -- and its likely jump from an unidentified host species to humans.
China has reported its first Covid-19 related death in 242 days as daily new infections reached the highest levels since July, according to health authorities.
The individual died on Wednesday in Hebei province, which has been at the center of Chinas most recent outbreak of the coronavirus.
Chinas National Health Commission (NHC) reported 138 new Covid-19 infections for Wednesday, including 14 imported cases. Of the 124 locally transmitted cases, 81 cases are from Hebei province.
The NHC also recorded an additional 78 asymptomatic cases detected on Wednesday. China does not include asymptomatic patients in its tally of confirmed cases.