The total number of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide has increased to 2,689,554 with the global confirmed cases reaching 121,713,302 as of 9:00 am BJT on Friday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Current status (data as of 9:00 am BJT, March 19):
Malaysia on Thursday started to inoculate its people with the COVID-19 vaccine made by the Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech as it pressed ahead with its national vaccination drive.
COVID-19 variants are spreading quickly across Canada as some provinces have eased restrictions after cases began to fall last month.
Daily COVID-19 infections in Germany continued to rise sharply as the country registered 17,504 cases within one day, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced on Thursday.
Days after Pakistani president received a Sinopharm vaccine jab, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday also received his COVID-19 jab with Sinopharm vaccine.
The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines from China arrived in Djibouti on Thursday.
With the US closing in on US President Joe Biden's goal of injecting 100 million coronavirus vaccinations weeks ahead of his target date, the White House announced Thursday the nation is now in position to help supply neighbors Canada and Mexico with millions of lifesaving shots.