COVID-19: Here's what you need to know todaySunday, June 20, 2021
KINGSTON, Jamaica — More than 178.1 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 and are inoculating citizens as economies begin to recover.
— Jamaica recorded 61 new COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths yesterday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 49,668 and the death toll to 1,033.
— Trinidad Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday said plans remain on track to have a phased re-opening of the borders by the second week of July as the island is also looking at the possibility of relaxing some of the measures put in place to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, yesterday announced that her administration has put plans in place for the country to start reopening from June 30.
— Brazil said yesterday that more than 500,000 people in the country are confirmed to have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
— The head of Cuba’s Centre for State Control of Medicines , Equipment and Medical Devices, says a clinical trial on a COVID-19 vaccination for children is currently underway and is progressing satisfactorily.
— The United States is the worst-affected country with 601,741 deaths, followed by Brazil with 500,800, India 386,713, Mexico 231,151, and Peru 190,202.
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