WORLD The latest: COVID-19 outbreak worldwide (Updated July 18)


The latest: COVID-19 outbreak worldwide (Updated July 18)

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18:32, July 18, 2021

A youth receives a dose of the Sinovac Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine at a shopping mall in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, on July 18, 2021. (Photo: AFP)

The total number of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide has increased to 4,083,301 with the global confirmed cases reaching 190,040,855 as of 6:30 pm BJT on Sunday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Source: Johns Hopkins University

Current status (data as of 6:30 pm BJT, July 18):

Tokyo Olympic organizers confirmed on Sunday that two athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Olympic village and are now isolated in their rooms. This came after a non-athlete in the village tested positive for coronavirus earlier on Saturday, and these two confirmed cases are the first among competitors.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will undertake "only essential government business" in the week ahead after the state health service designated him a close contact of a person infected with Covid, Downing Street said Sunday.

Indonesia is evaluating whether to end COVID-19 restrictions on movement as planned or extend them, as the country battles with a surge of new infections and a crumbling economy, senior minister Luhut Pandjaitan said on Saturday.

Thailand on Sunday announced an expansion of restrictive measures that include travel curbs, a night-time curfew and shopping mall closures to cover three more provinces as its daily COVID-19 case tally surged to a record high for the third consecutive day.

The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported on Sunday 5,411 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,507,755.

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