A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 71.5 million people and killed over 1.6 million worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
Nevada governor extends 'pause' for another month
Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak extended his state's coronavirus restrictions through at least Jan. 15 as COVID-19 cases and deaths surge in the Silver State.
Nearly every state in the U.S. reports more than 100 people hospitalized per million, according to the COVID Tracking Project. However, Nevada reports 592, which translates into one out of 1,700 people in the state, according to the project.
"We continue to see an increase of hospitalizations statewide with almost 1,700 Nevadans battling COVID as of Friday," Sisolak said at a press conference Sunday.
The governor also announced Sunday that he would sign an order to place a moratorium on most residential evictions in Nevada.
Since the start of the pandemic, Nevada has had more than 186,000 cases, with at least 2,529 deaths.
Washington governor gives update on vaccine timing
The first vaccinations in the state of Washington could be distributed as early as Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee said.
The initial shipment of the Pfizer vaccine arrives in the state on Monday.
"This is just fantastic news ... we are getting this vaccine," the governor said, adding he will get the vaccine himself when it is appropriate for his age group.
"Health care workers and long-term care residents will receive the vaccine first," he said.
South Korea sees record-breaking rise in new cases
The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported 1,030 newly diagnosed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the country's total to 46,645.
This is the first time since the beginning of the pandemic that South Korea broke the 1,000 mark in new cases and follows Saturday's record of 950 new cases.
Yonhap reports that President Moon Jae-in held an emergency meeting and called the current situation "the worst crisis" since the outbreak began and a "desperate time" when the government should make an all-out effort stem further infections.
-ABC News' Christine Theodorou
Italy now has highest COVID-19 death toll in Europe
Italy's Civil Protection Agency reported 484 new deaths on Sunday, bringing the total number of fatalities in the country to 64,520, surpassing the United Kingdom which stands at 64,267, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
There were 17,938 new COVID-19 cases reported in Italy, representing an 11.7% positivity rate and brings the total number of diagnosed cases to 1,843,712.
There have been a total of 372,965 deaths and 14,959,949 cases in the EU and the U.K., according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
-ABC News' Christine Theodorou
2 trucks with COVID-19 vaccines have left facility, Pfizer says
The first vaccines in the U.S. have now left the Pfizer facility and are on their way to all 50 states.
Two main trucks left on Sunday morning -- an additional truck will come in later to pick up a few boxes and take them to the U.S. territories.
On Monday Pfizer has an order for another 400 boxes of the vaccine as well as an order for a slightly less amount of boxes on Tuesday, the company said.
The first shipments are expected to arrive at 145 sites on Monday, 425 sites on Tuesday and another 66 sites on Wednesday, Gen. Gus Perna of the Trump administration's Operation Warp Speed vaccine program said.
At those sites, the vaccines will be paired with ancillary kits to assist with the vaccinations. The kits contain needles, syringes, alcohol swabs, diluent, safety gear and vaccine reminder cards.
-ABC News' Joshua Hoyos and Luis Martinez