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Covid updates: U.S. surpasses 18 million cases; WHO says Covid mutates slower than seasonal flu

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The U.S. on Monday surpassed 18 million coronavirus cases, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

Congress on Sunday finally reached a deal for a $900 billion coronavirus relief package that would send new federal assistance to households, small businesses and health-care providers. Lawmakers are expected to pass the proposal, along with a full-year government spending bill, Monday.

Also over the weekend, several countries announced plans to shut their borders to Britain as news of a highly contagious new variant of the coronavirus led the British government to backtrack on plans to let families mix over Christmas. The U.K. is locking down London and other areas in southern England where infections by the Covid mutation are heavily concentrated.

The U.S. is recording at least 215,700 new Covid-19 cases and at least 2,600 virus-related deaths each day, based on a seven-day average calculated by CNBC using Johns Hopkins University data.

The following data was compiled by Johns Hopkins University:

  • Global cases: More than 77.29 million 
  • Global deaths: At least 1.70 million
  • U.S. cases: More than 18 million
  • U.S. deaths: At least 319,190