Anadolu Agency is here with a rundown of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic and other news in Turkiye and around the world.  

Coronavirus and other developments in Turkiye

Turkiye’s Health Ministry reported more than 92,000 new coronavirus infections.

According to a chart shared by the ministry, 258 people lost their lives and 103,988 others recovered from the disease.

Also, as many as 465,563 virus tests have been conducted nationwide in the past 24 hours.

To counter the spread of the virus, Turkiye has administered over 144.59 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since it launched an immunization drive in January 2021.

More than 57.6 million people have received the first jab, while more than 52.68 million are fully vaccinated. Third booster shots have also been given to more than 26.51 million people. 

Other developments worldwide

The Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists blamed each other for cease-fire violations along the line of contact in the eastern Donbas region.

EU officials have prepared a “very tough package” of sanctions against Russia that would be immediately proposed to EU foreign ministers if Russia invades Ukraine, the EU foreign policy chief warned.

The US defense secretary rejected Russian claims on withdrawing troops from the Ukrainian border, stating that Moscow has instead directed more troops and equipment to the area.

Russia denied the “regrettable” and “dangerous” military scenarios put forward by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken regarding Ukraine

The Canadian women’s national ice hockey team have been crowned the Beijing 2022 Winter Games champions.

Sweden’s Sandra Naeslund claimed her first Olympic gold medal in a scintillating women’s ski cross final at the Winter Games.

Japanese speedskating athlete Miho Takagi won a gold medal in the women’s 1,000 meters at the Beijing Olympics.

A wildfire in southeastern South Korea has been brought under control after three days.

Rescue efforts have been called off for 12 fishermen still missing after a Spanish fishing boat sank in the frigid Northern Atlantic, Spain’s government confirmed.

European leaders announced they are withdrawing their forces deployed in Mali as part of a counter-terrorism mission, citing obstructions by the Malian transitional authorities.

A senior member of the Daesh/ISIS terror group was killed in an Iraqi airstrike targeting his car in the western Anbar province, according to the defense ministry.

At least three people died and thousands of homes lost power when a powerful storm hit northern cities and other parts of Germany.

Six peace envoys of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s president have been missing since Wednesday afternoon and are believed to be held captive by a militia group in the eastern part of the country, an official said.

The death toll rose to 105 from heavy rains and mudslides in Petropolis in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state, according to authorities.

At least three people were killed by violent storms that struck Poland, according to local media.

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