The total number of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide has increased to 1,928,023 with the global confirmed cases reaching 89,711,341 as of 6:30 pm BJT on Sunday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Current status (data as of 6:30 pm BJT, Jan. 10):
Australia's Health Minister Greg Hunt said the government would target young women, migrants and indigenous Australians with its coronavirus vaccine advertising campaign. Hunt said on Sunday that the 24 million-Australian dollar campaign, which will be rolled out within weeks before vaccinations begin in mid-February, would be "a very detailed information program."
South Korea reported 665 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Saturday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 68,664. The daily caseload stayed below 700 for three straight days, but it hovered above 100 for 63 days since Nov. 8 due to small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases.
A total of 2,899 people have been tested positive of COVID-19 in Pakistan over the last 24 hours, taking the national tally of the virus-infected people to 502,416, the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) of Pakistan said on Sunday.
Thailand on Sunday confirmed 245 cases of coronavirus infection, mostly domestic, according to the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA). The total new cases included 224 domestic ones while 21 others referred to those who had returned from abroad and tested positive in Thailand, the CCSA's spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin said.
The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 9,640 within one day to 828,026, with the death toll adding by 182 to 24,129, the Health Ministry said on Sunday. According to the ministry, 7,513 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 681,024.
Belarus reported 1,833 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking its total to 212,201, according to the country's health ministry. There have been 2,364 new recoveries in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 194,984, the ministry said.