COVID-19: Here's what you need to know todayThursday, June 24, 2021
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The novel coronavirus has infected more than 176.1 million people, leaving more than 3.8 million dead across 196 countries and territories.
The majority of those infected have recovered and many countries have rolled out vaccine campaigns as economies start to recover from the pandemic.
— Jamaica recorded 46 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday and seven deaths, bringing the country's total confirmed cases to 49,841 and the death toll to 1,049.
— Trinidad and Tobago health authorities reported seven more COVID deaths and 225 new positive cases Wednesday, pushing the overall totals to 768 and 31,207 respectively since the virus outbreak in March last year.
— In Guyana, two additional COVID-19 deaths were recorded Wednesday, pushing the total for the month to 56 and 454 since March last year.
— US health authorities on Wednesday said they will update the guidance for using mRNA vaccines like the Pfizer and Moderna jabs after finding a likely link to rare cases of heart inflammation in adolescents and young adults.
— The coronavirus pandemic is pushing more people into drug use, while illicit cultivation could also get a boost, the UN said Thursday, warning that the crisis' fallout was likely to be felt "for years to come".
— The heads of the global health, IP and trade agencies on Thursday announced a joint platform to help countries plug the gaps in accessing COVID-19 vaccines, treatments and technologies.
— The United States is the worst-affected country with 602,837 deaths, followed by Brazil with 507,109, India with 391,981 Mexico with 231,847 and Peru with 191,073.
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*Data mined from various sources around the world.
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