COVID-19: Here's what you need to know todayWednesday, June 16, 2021
KINGSTON, Jamaica — More than 176.5 million coronavirus infections have been confirmed worldwide, with over 3.8 million people across 196 countries and territories having died. Majority of those infected have recovered.
Many countries have rolled out vaccine campaigns and started to inoculate citizens as economies struggle to recover.
— Jamaica recorded 50 new COVID-19 cases yesterday and no deaths, bringing the country's infection total to 49,429, while the total number of deaths remain at 1,012.
— France on Wednesday said it was ending the obligation to wear masks outside and would bring forwards by 10 days the lifting of a nighttime curfew, as COVID infections fall and the country's vaccine drive picks up.
— Japan is expected to ease a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and most other areas this weekend, with the Olympics starting in just over a month.
— Japan is planning to set a cap of 10,000 fans at sports events ahead of the Olympics, a cabinet minister said Wednesday, as organisers weigh how many domestic spectators can attend the Games
— The Director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at the University College London, Professor Mariana Mazzucato Tuesday said the state should not be shy about taking a leading role in driving innovation and the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic means that now is the time for bold action by governments to make this happen.
The United States is the worst-affected country with 600,285 deaths from 33,486,101 cases, followed by Brazil with 490,696 deaths from 17,533,221 cases, India with 379,573 deaths from 29,633,105 cases, Mexico with 230,428 deaths from 2,459,601 cases, and Peru with 189,261 deaths from 2,007,477 cases.
Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at https://bit.ly/epaper-login