The total number of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide has increased to 3,833,183 with the global confirmed cases reaching 177,048,031 as of 7 pm BJT on Thursday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Current status (data as of 7 pm BJT, June 17):
Thailand has administered 7,003,783 doses of COVID-19 vaccines so far, as the nation accelerates its vaccination to fight against the spread of the coronavirus.
The Bangladeshi government has extended the countrywide COVID-19 restrictions on public movement and transport for a month from Thursday. The ongoing restrictions, which are to expire Wednesday midnight after having been extended several times, will now run through the midnight of July 15.
Sri Lankan authorities on Thursday said the highly transmissible B.1.617.2 variant found in India had been detected for the first time from the community in capital Colombo.
Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Thursday that the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) has advised that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine be administered to people aged 60 and over, rather than those aged 50 and over as was previously recommended.
Lebanon's COVID-19 ministerial committee said on Wednesday that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will sign memorandums of understanding with different countries aimed at forcing the use of COVID-19 vaccination cards for travelers, the National News Agency reported.