The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sunday reported 23,653,919 cases of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, an increase of 213,145 from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 3,557 to 394,495.
Outbreaks in China Continue to Worsen
The CCP virus outbreak in northern China’s Hebei Province continues to worsen as two hospitals reportedly had large numbers of medical staff test positive for the CCP virus.
Meanwhile, authorities detected a superspreader in Jilin Province and have been scrambling to find all those who were in contact with the person in recent days.
UK Strain of Virus Found in Los Angeles
Public health officials in Los Angeles County said that the UK COVID-19 strain discovered late last year has been found in the county, warning that a surge of the CCP virus will continue into the near future at the very least.
Los Angeles County on Jan. 16 surpassed 1 million overall CCP virus cases, officials said.
Brazil Clears Emergency Use of 2 Vaccines
Brazilian health regulator Anvisa on Sunday approved emergency use of COVID-19 vaccines from China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd. and Britain’s AstraZeneca, clearing the way for immunizations as the pandemic enters a deadly second wave.
Biden Team Projects More Deaths
Incoming White House chief of staff Ron Klain says the pandemic will get worse before it gets better, projecting another 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the first five weeks of President-elect Joe Biden’s administration.
Ice Cream in China Tests ‘Positive’
Officials in a Chinese municipality said that three samples of ice cream tested positive for the CCP virus, and thousands of boxes were confiscated, according to state-run media.
Officials said that the company’s more than 1,662 workers were placed under quarantine.
Nicole Hao, Jack Phillips, The Associated Press, and Reuters contributed to this report