The total number of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide has increased to 4,390,863 with the global confirmed cases reaching 209,177,957 as of 9:00 am BJT on Thursday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Current status (data as of 9:00 am BJT, Aug 19):
The United States will begin administrating COVID-19 booster shots next month as new data shows that vaccine protection wanes over time, top U.S. health officials announced Wednesday.
Israel's Ministry of Health reported 7,870 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the tally of infections in the country to 962,193.
Iran reported on Wednesday 39,174 new COVID-19 cases, taking the country's total infections to 4,556,417.
Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 53 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total tally in the country to 66,334.
Turkey on Wednesday registered 19,944 new COVID-19 cases, raising its tally of infections to 6,138,452, according to its health ministry.
Mexico authorized the emergency use of the U.S. vaccine Moderna against COVID-19, Mexican Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion Hugo Lopez-Gatell said on Wednesday.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 7,354,862 as of Wednesday evening, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.