COVID-19: Here's what you need to know todayTuesday, June 15, 2021
KINGSTON, Jamaica — More than 176.1 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 as economies start to recover from the pandemic.
— Jamaica recorded 23 new COVID-19 cases yesterday and one death, bringing the country's total confirmed cases to 49,379 and the death toll to 1,012.
— The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank today said it will host a high-level panel of government and business leaders to explore the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the region.
— COVID vaccine-maker AstraZeneca today revealed it had hit a setback in trials of a treatment for the coronavirus its drug, made from a combination of two antibodies, failed its main goal to treat COVID19 symptoms in exposed patients.
— The organisers of Tokyo Olympics today said athletes could be kicked out of the Olympics if they violate virus rules including daily testing and mask-wearing, as they unveiled updated guidelines just over five weeks before the opening ceremony.
— An International Labour Organization report today revealed that the pandemic has taken a harsh toll on domestic workers who have lost far more jobs than others despite a decade-old international pact guaranteeing their rights.
— The European Medicines Agency today denied that a top official had suggested dropping the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine, saying that he had been misinterpreted in an interview and believed its benefits outweighed its risks.
— The United States is the worst-affected country with 599,945 deaths, followed by Brazil with 488,228, India 377,031, Mexico 230,187, and Peru 188,921.
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Jamaica records 23 new COVID cases, one additional death
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