FAST FIVE: World Sees Record Jump In COVID-19 Deaths As Cases Near 60 Million Mark: Live Updates

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Officials believe lifting the restrictions could bolster the struggling airline industry, which has seen international travel fall by 70% this year.

Reuters also interviewed family members of college students traveling home for the holiday, some of whom described asking their children to quarantine despite a negative test.

The daily death toll in Russia exceeded 500 for the first time as surging infections across the country put increasing strain on hospitals and medical staff complained about a lack of medicines and protective gear (Source: Bloomberg).

India reports 44,376 cases for the past 24 hours, up from 37,975 the previous day, bringing the country total to 9.22 million.

South Korea confirms 382 new daily cases, up from 349 a day ago.

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