The world passed the grim milestone of 1.5 million coronavirus deaths on Thursday (Dec 3), as several nations planned to deliver much-hoped-for vaccines early next year to break the cycle of lockdowns and restrictions.

Iran PressAmerica: US President-elect Joe Biden said that on his first day in office he would ask Americans to wear masks for 100 days to help reduce transmission of the virus that is again surging in the country with the world's highest number of deaths and infections.

"I'm going to ask the public for 100 days to mask. Just 100 days to mask – not forever," Biden said in excerpts of an interview to be broadcast on CNN later on Thursday.

The global tally of coronavirus cases stands at 65,536,026. While 45,376,598 have recovered,1,511,915 have died so far. The US, the worst-hit country, has 14,535,196 cases. It is followed by India, which has 9,571,780 cases, Brazil (6,487,516 ).

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