WORLD The latest: COVID-19 outbreak worldwide (Updated August 16)


The latest: COVID-19 outbreak worldwide (Updated August 16)

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09:24, August 16, 2021

Pilgrims arrive at King Abdulaziz International Airport in the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah on August 15, 2021, as Saudi Arabia allows vaccinated foreigners to make the off-season Umrah pilgrimage nearly 18 months after it closed its borders to battle coronavirus. (Photo: AFP)

The total number of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide has increased to 4,361,361 with the global confirmed cases reaching 207,133,215 as of 9 am BJT on Monday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Source: Johns Hopkins University

Current status (data as of 9 am BJT, Aug 16):

US COVID-19 cases could break 200,000 a day as the latest surge of the virus driven by the Delta variant is "going very steeply upward with no signs of having peaked out," said National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins on Sunday.

The UK reported 26,750 new COVID-19 cases and 61 deaths, according to the government's latest daily figures released on Sunday.

Canada's new COVID-19 cases continue rising, bringing the cumulative total to 1,451,211 cases, including 26,700 deaths, as of Sunday afternoon, according to CTV.

Cuba on Sunday surpassed 4,000 total deaths from COVID-19, the Ministry of Public Health reported. The Caribbean nation registered 8,636 new cases and 98 more deaths in the last 24 hours, for a total of 517,668 infections and 4,023 deaths.

Turkey on Sunday registered 18,847 new COVID-19 cases, raising its tally of infections to 6,078,653, according to its health ministry.

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