Anadolu Agency is here with a rundown of the latest developments in Turkey, around the world, and on the coronavirus pandemic.

Developments in Turkey, coronavirus pandemic, and other news

Turkey has administered over 117 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since it launched an immunization drive in January, according to official figures released Thursday.

More than 55.5 million people have been given a first vaccine dose, while over 49 million are fully vaccinated, the Health Ministry said.

Turkey has also given third booster shots to over 11.2 million people.

Meanwhile, the ministry recorded 29,482 new coronavirus cases, 228 related deaths and 34,743 recoveries over the past day.

As many as 362,832 new virus tests were done in the last 24 hours.

Coronavirus pandemic

Germany recorded more than 30,000 daily coronavirus infections for the first time this year, according to official figures Thursday.

Ukraine registered a new record number of daily coronavirus cases as 27,377 more people tested positive for COVID-19 over the past day, pushing the overall count to over 3 million.

Every country in Europe and Central Asia faces the threat of a COVID-19 resurgence, the head of the World Health Organization’s Europe region said Thursday, voicing “grave concern” as cases again reach record levels.

A small increase of 1% was recorded in coronavirus cases across Africa, while the number of deaths fell slightly, according to the latest data shared by the Africa CDC.

More than 750,000 people have died because of the coronavirus since the first death in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The administration of US President Joe Biden ordered American companies to make sure that employees are fully vaccinated or regularly tested for the coronavirus by Jan .4.

Other developments across the world

At least one irregular migrant has died and another is missing after nearly 400 were rescued trying to cross into the UK via the English Channel from France, French maritime authorities said.

Sudanese army chief Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on Thursday ordered the release of four of the ministers detained by the military on Oct. 25 after it intervened amid rising tensions in the African country.

A Tunisian court has issued an international arrest warrant for former President Moncef Marzouki, the state news agency TAP reported.

Two people are dead following a shooting involving alleged members of rival drug gangs at a beach south of the popular Mexican resort town of Cancun, authorities said.

European-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs) recently rescued more than 1,000 irregular migrants in the Mediterranean Sea, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

The Biden administration notified lawmakers Thursday that it has approved a $650 million sale of air-to-air missiles to Saudi Arabia in what marks US President Joe Biden’s first arms sale to the Kingdom.

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