COVID-19: Here's what you need to know todayWednesday, June 09, 2021
KINGSTON, Jamaica — More than 173.9 million coronavirus infections have been confirmed worldwide, with over 3.7 million people across 196 countries and territories having died. Majority of those infected have recovered.
Many countries have rolled out vaccine campaigns as economies start to recover from the pandemic.
— Jamaica recorded 59 new COVID-19 cases yesterday and 14 deaths, bringing the country's pandemic totals to 49,090 cases and 988 deaths.
— As of June 5, 159,615 Jamaicans had received the first shot of the vaccine. Some 42,254 of those were in the group aged 60 and over, and of this amount, 7,052 have received the second shot.
— Jamaicans 60 years and over who are fully vaccinated, as evidenced by the records at the Ministry of Health and Wellness, can also apply for the Conditional Cash Transfer for the Vaccinated (CCTV) Grant, starting July 15, 2021
—World Health Organization emergencies chief, Dr Michael Ryan estimates that COVID-19 vaccination coverage of at least 80 per cent is needed to significantly lower the risk that "imported" coronavirus cases like those linked to new variants could spawn a cluster or a wider outbreak.
— After months of debate, WTO members on Wednesday inched towards a deal aimed at boosting production of COVID vaccines and treatments through patent waivers or compulsory licensing deals.
— The United States is the worst-affected country with 598,326 deaths, followed by Brazil with 476,792, India 353,528, Mexico 229,100, Peru 187,157 and Britain with 127,854.
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