Italy recorded 993 new COVID-19 deaths Thursday — a daily record. The Italian government has declared a national curfew and said Thursday it will bar people from traveling between regions over the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Iran’s official coronavirus cases count topped 1 million on Thursday. In October, a member of Iran’s medical association said the true death toll in Iran could be four times higher than the official number, which now stands at nearly 50,000.
In the Gaza Strip, officials have ordered schools and mosques to close as part of a partial lockdown, as more than 800 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed Thursday. Among those infected are senior members of Hamas, including its leader, Yahya Sinwar.