COVID-19: Here's what you need to know todaySaturday, June 12, 2021
KINGSTON, Jamaica — More than 175.1 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 53 new COVID-19 cases yesterday and six deaths, bringing the country's total confirmed cases to 49,232 and the death toll to 996.
— Meanwhile, Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton said Jamaica is expected to receive its first shipment of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine — 1.9 million doses — in August.
— Africa today passed the five million infections threshold as the continent's 54 countries and territories recorded a total of 5,008,656 cases.
— Italy today said it will restrict the AstraZeneca vaccine to people over the age of 60, with younger people who have already received a dose to complete the cycle with an mRNA jab.
— The US Food and Drug Administration yesterday revealed that it told Johnson & Johnson that millions of doses of its COVID vaccine produced at a troubled plant in Baltimore can't be used because of possible contamination issues.
— The United States is the worst-affected country with 599,180 deaths, followed by Brazil with 484,235, India 367,081, Mexico 229,823, and Peru 188,100.
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*Data mined from various sources around the world.
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