Global COVID-19 infections surpass 60 million today

According to the John Hopkins University COVID-19 tracker, global infections have today surpassed 60 million.

The United States remains the worst hit, accounting for over 12 million cases of the virus and more than 260,000 deaths.

India has landed just behind the U.S. hosting over 9.2 million cases, and 134,699 deaths.

Global COVID-19 infections surpass 60 million

Brazil joined the United States and India last week as the only countries to record more than 6 million infections.

They have also confirmed over 170,000 fatalities, meaning they hold the world's second-highest COVID death toll.

Officials around Europe continue to impose further bouts of restrictions on day-to-day life as the festive season approaches.

As Ireland and the UK seek to exit the current lockdown period next week, Germany, Spain, and Italy have all announced new restrictions for the holiday season, including a limit on the number of people allowed to gather together.

Health officials in Ireland have today confirmed six further COVID-related deaths and 269 new cases.

The current death toll sits at 2,033, while there have been a total of 71,187 COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

Of today's reported cases, 88 are in Dublin, 42 in Cork, 25 in Limerick, 20 in Louth, 16 in Donegal, and the remaining 78 spread across 17 other counties.

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