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We provide the latest updates and crucial information on the global COVID-19 pandemic here.

Jan 21


Data from the National Health Commission by the midnight of Jan 20, 2022.

- Chinese mainland reports 73 new COVID-19 cases, with 23 locally transmitted (Read more)

- Beijing confirms 5 cases, tightens virus measures (Read more)

Outside China 

The latest figures reported by each government's health authority as of Jan 21, 2022.

- UK health minister says we must live with COVID-19 (Read more)

Jan 20


- Chinese mainland reports 66 new COVID-19 cases, with 43 locally transmitted

Outside China 

- COVID-19 restrictions to be eased in England (Read more)

- US to distribute 400 million free N95 masks at CVS, Walgreens in COVID fight (Read more)

Jan 19


- Chinese mainland reports 87 new COVID-19 cases, with 55 locally transmitted (Read more)

- Tianjin to launch 4th citywide nucleic acid testing (Read more)

- Health authorities have adopted faster-pooled tests for the coronavirus that allow professional labs to process 20 samples at a time (Read more)

Jan 18

Outside China

- COVID-19 cases, deaths soar again at US nursing homes

- Poland hit by 5th wave of COVID-19 pandemic: minister

- Cuba surpasses 1 mln COVID-19 cases since onset of pandemic


- Chinese mainland reports 171 new COVID-19 cases, with 127 locally transmitted (Read more)

Jan 17

Outside China

- Chile hits new record of daily COVID-19 cases with 9,454 infections

- New York moving over Omicron peak as cases fall

- Portugal reports highest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations since last March


- Chinese mainland reports 223 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 163 locally transmitted

Jan 16


- Chinese mainland reports 119 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 65 locally transmitted

Outside China

- US most populous county reports highest daily COVID-19 deaths since April 2021

Jan 15


- Chinese mainland reports 165 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 104 locally transmitted (Read more)

- Beijing reports one new local COVID-19 case

Outside China

-Australian scientists find biological marker in long COVID patients

Jan 14


- Chinese mainland reports 201 new COVID-19 cases, with 143 locally transmitted (Read more)

- Nearly 100 new COVID-19 cases reported in Henan (Read more)

Outside China

The latest figures reported by each government's health authority as of Jan 14, 2022.

- US forced to activate more resources to deal with surging COVID-19 infections (Read more)

Jan 13


- Chinese mainland reports 190 new COVID-19 cases, with 124 locally transmitted

Outside China

- WHO has warned that more than half of the people in its European region will be infected with COVID-19 in the next two months (Read more)

Jan 12


- Chinese mainland reports 221 new COVID-19 cases, with 166 locally transmitted (Read more)

Outside China

- Booster doses of current vaccines may not be enough: WHO (Read more)

- Doctors: Some people in US trying to contract Omicron deliberately (Read more)

Jan 11


- Chinese mainland reports 192 new COVID-19 cases, with 110 locally transmitted (Read more)

- More than 2.9 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses administered on Chinese mainland

Outside China 

- Pfizer expects Omicron vaccine to be ready in March (Read more)

Jan 10


- Chinese mainland reports 157 new COVID-19 cases, with 97 locally transmitted

Outside China 

- Omicron disrupts US public transit systems (Read more)

- Omicron variant strains hospitals across US (Read more)

Jan 9

Outside China

- Canada's COVID-19 cases surpass 2.5m (Read more)

- UK's coronavirus-related deaths top 150,000 (Read more)

- Swedish Crown Princess Victoria tests positive for COVID-19 again (Read more)


- 2.89 bln COVID-19 vaccine doses administered on Chinese mainland

- Chinese mainland reports 92 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases (Read more)

- Xi'an reports 46 local COVID-19 cases (Read more)

- Shenzhen reports 1 new local COVID-19 case (Read more)

- China's Tianjin reports 20 new local COVID-19 cases (Read more)

Jan 8

Outside China

- COVID-19 hospitalizations in the US are poised to hit a new high as early as Friday, surpassing the record set in January of last year (Read more)

- Omicron surge pushes US COVID hospitalizations toward record high (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 159 new COVID-19 cases, with 95 locally transmitted

Jan 7


- Chinese mainland reports 174 new COVID-19 cases, with 116 locally transmitted (Read more)

- More asymptomatic COVID-19 cases emerge in Shanghai (Read more)

- A couple in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, test positive for COVID-19 (Read more)

Outside China

- Global COVID-19 cases surpass 300 mln: Johns Hopkins University

- Europe tightens vaccine requirements (Read more)

- WHO: IHU variant under monitoring (Read more)

Jan 6


- Chinese mainland reports 189 new COVID-19 cases, with 132 locally transmitted (Read more)

- Xi'an suspends intl passenger flights amid COVID-19 resurgence (Read more)

- Threat of major COVID-19 resurgence in Xi'an under control, says a leading epidemiologist (Read more

Outside China

- COVID-19 infections surge in European countries as Omicron spreads (Read more)

Jan 5


- Chinese mainland reports 91 new COVID-19 cases, with 41 locally transmitted (Read more)

- The head of Xi'an big data bureau has been suspended due to poor performance, said local authority (Read more)

Outside China

- New COVID records in US, UK, France as Omicron runs rampant (Read more)

- WHO still recommends 14-day quarantine for COVID-19 patients (Read more)

Jan 4


- Chinese mainland reports 175 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 108 locally transmitted (Read more)

Outside China

- S.Korea confirms first 2 deaths linked to Omicron variant (Read more)

- US FDA authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine boosters for children ages 12-15 (Read more)

Jan 3

Outside China

- US Defense Secretary Austin tested positive for COVID-19 - Pentagon statement


- Chinese mainland reports 161 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 101 locally transmitted

- Nearly 2.85 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses had been administered on the Chinese mainland as of Sunday, data from the National Health Commission shows

Jan 2

Outside China

New Year's Eve muted by Omicron fears (Read more)

- Lionel Messi tests positive for COVID-19


- Chinese mainland reports 191 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 131 locally transmitted (Read more)

- China allocates 500m yuan to Shaanxi for epidemic control (Read more)

Jan 1


- Chinese mainland reports 231 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 175 locally transmitted

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