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Global Cases Surge as London Declares Major Incident, Japan IDs New Variant, and Iran Bans U.S., U.K. Vaccines

HeadlineJan 11, 2021

Around the world, global coronavirus cases have topped 90 million, with deaths approaching 2 million.
In Britain, cases topped 3 million with over 81,000 deaths. London Mayor Sadiq Khan says the city is at a “crisis point,” and has declared a “major incident” as hospitals risk becoming overwhelmed.

Japan said it found a new variant of the coronavirus in four passengers who recently arrived from Brazil. Authorities say it has similarities to those identified in Britain and South Africa, but are still looking into whether it causes more severe illness.

China has sealed off two cities south of Beijing as officials rush to contain its biggest outbreak in six months.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced he is banning coronavirus vaccines from the U.S. and the U.K. Cuba said Friday it had signed a deal with Iran to transfer the technology for its COVID-19 vaccine candidate and will carry out trials in Iran.

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