The total number of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide has increased to 2,659,623 with the global confirmed cases reaching 120,180,592 as of 9:00 am BJT on Tuesday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Current status (data as of 9:00 am BJT, March 16):
The United States has witnessed the lowest single-day increase of COVID-19 cases and deaths since last winter as vaccination efforts are accelerated across the nation. A total of 40,428 new cases and 589 deaths were reported across the country on Sunday, according to data updated Monday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The number of daily deaths caused by the novel coronavirus in France more than doubled to 333 in the past 24 hours, taking the total toll to 90,762 as the country is close to running out of beds in intensive care units, data from the health authorities showed on Monday.
In Turkey, the death toll from the virus rose by 63 to 29,552 on Monday, while the total recoveries climbed to 2,716,969 after 15,893 more cases recovered in the last 24 hours.
Brazil's COVID-19 death toll approached 280,000 on Monday after 1,057 more people died from the disease in the past 24 hours, taking the national count to 279,286, the Ministry of Health said.
China's permanent representative to the United Nations, Zhang Jun, on Monday notified UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of China's intention to donate 300,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to UN peacekeepers, with priority to be given to peacekeepers working in Africa, said the Chinese mission.
Lebanon registered on Monday 1,505 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections to 419,953, the Health Ministry reported.