Coronavirus count: Global COVID-19 cases exceed 263.6 million, US sticks to face mask mandate in public transport

The global coronavirus-borne disease tally topped 263.6 million on Tuesday, while the death toll topped 5.22 million, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University. The United States continues to dominate the world with a total of 48.7 million cases and 782,100 deaths. The United States still averages more than 900 deaths a day, according to a New York Times tracker, and cases and hospitalizations are on the rise again. The White House will announce later Thursday that it plans to stick to face mask mandates on public transportation, including planes, buses and trains, and will not let the requirement expire on January 18 as planned. , reported the Wall Street Journal. The move is part of tighter travel restrictions to contain the new variant of omicron, and includes the requirement for travelers to the United States to provide a negative PCR test performed 24 hours before departure, not 72 hours. currently required. The government will also make home COVID-19 tests available and ensure they are covered by private insurers or offered free at health centers. India is second by cases after the United States with 34.6 million and has suffered 469,724 deaths. Brazil has the second highest death toll with 614,964 and 22.1 million cases. In Europe, Russia has the most deaths with 272,279 deaths, followed by the United Kingdom with 145,586.

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