COVID-19: What you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic on 12 November

A social distancing sign is seen at the entrance to Manchester Piccadilly station is seen amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Manchester, Britain, November 11, 2020. REUTERS/Molly Darlington - RC221K96V2UZ
COVID-19 deaths in the UK have passed 50,000.
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  • This daily round-up brings you a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected.
  • Top stories: French confirmed cases overtake Russia; WHO warning in Americas; UK deaths pass 50,000.

1. How COVID-19 is affecting the globe

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have now passed 52.1 million globally, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The number of confirmed deaths stands at more than 1.28 million.

The United Kingdom has passed the milestone of 50,000 deaths from COVID-19.

Turkey has banned smoking in crowded public places in an attempt to slow a recent surge in cases. "In order to ensure that masks are worn at all times and properly, as of November 12, 2020, a smoking ban will be imposed in areas and regions such as streets and avenues where citizens are or can be crowded together,” the Interior Ministry said.

Moderna said yesterday it has enough data for an interim analysis of the late-stage trial of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate.

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has been admitted to hospital after testing positive for coronavirus earlier this week.

The United States reported another record rise in daily COVID-19 cases - 142,279 - according to a Reuters tally. Hospitalizations are also at an all-time high - 64,939.

The Gates Foundation has added another $70 million in funding to help global efforts to develop and distribute vaccines and treatments against COVID-19.

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What is the World Economic Forum doing to help the manufacturing industry rebound from COVID-19?

The COVID-19 global pandemic continues to disrupt manufacturing and supply chains, with severe consequences for society, businesses, consumers and the global economy.

As the effects of coronavirus unfold, companies are asking what short-term actions they need to take to ensure business continuity and protect their employees. How should they be preparing for the rebound and increasing their manufacturing and supply systems’ resilience?

The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Kearney, brought together senior-level executives from various industry sectors to identify the best response to the COVID-19 crisis. Their recommendations have been published in a new white paper: How to rebound stronger from COVID-19: Resilience in manufacturing and supply systems.

Source: How to rebound stronger from COVID-19: Resilience in manufacturing and supply systems.

Read the full white paper, and more information in our Impact Story.

Companies are invited to join the Forum’s Platform for Shaping the Future of Advanced Manufacturing and Production. Through the Platform’s work, companies can join with other leaders to help find solutions that support the reconfiguration of global value chains post-COVID-19.

2. WHO warns about surging cases in the Americas

COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the Americas, the World Health Organization's regional office warned yesterday.

Daily case increases have averaged 150,000 in the last week. Record increases have been reported in the United States, while spikes are being seen in parts of Canada and some Mexican states, the organization said.

Other countries are faring better though. Argentina, Costa Rica and Jamaica have curbed the outbreak with effective contact tracing, while most Caribbean nations have avoided spikes by acting fast, Pan-American Health Organization Assistant Director Jarbas Barbosa said.

3. France overtakes Russia

Confirmed cases in France have risen to more than 1.9 million, overtaking Russia, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

It makes France the world's fourth-worst affected country, after the United States, India and Brazil. The country is nearly two weeks into a new national lockdown. New daily cases have fallen in recent days, from record highs over the weekend.

Confirmed cases in Italy have also risen above 1 million. More than 300,000 people have died of the virus across Europe, according to a Reuters tally. With just 10% of the world's population, it accounts for nearly a quarter of global deaths.

Confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases in France
Cases have surged in France since September.
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