21 December

Globally, the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 have reached over 76,928,000, with over 1,693,000 deaths and 43,308,000 recoveries.

Total Covid-19 cases continue to rise across the world, with the US, India and Brazil remaining as the top-3 most heavily affected countries.

Daily increases in the number of new confirmed cases are observed in both the US and Brazil, while numbers are declining in India.

The number of new daily confirmed cases in the UK reached an all-time high on Sunday (35,928) at nearly double the number of cases reported a week ago (18,447).

London and large parts of south-east England are now under a new, stricter level of restrictions in a bid to curb the rapidly spreading virus, meaning that households will not be able to mix indoors with other households at Christmas.

The rapid increase in cases is thought to be partly attributable to the new Covid-19 variant, which is thought to be up to 70% more transmissible.

On Sunday, multiple European nations including Germany, France, Bulgaria and Italy announced a travel ban from the UK, in an attempt to limit the spread of the new variant.

Ellie Sutcliffe, BSc, Senior Analyst and Associate Epidemiologist at GlobalData