The total number of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide has increased to 3,304,921 with the global confirmed cases reaching 158,993,826 as of 6:20 pm BJT on Tuesday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Current status (data as of 6:20 pm BJT, May 11):
India's COVID-19 tally rose to 22,992,517 on Tuesday after 329,942 new cases were registered in the past 24 hours, while active cases fell for the first time in a few weeks, said the federal health ministry. Meanwhile, 3,876 COVID-19-related deaths took place since Monday morning, taking the total death toll to 249,992.
Malaysia on Tuesday received the first batch of locally filled and finished doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech.
Iran on Tuesday started mass production of its domestic vaccine for COVID-19, named COV-Iran Barekat, Tasnim news agency reported. Iran plans to produce 1 million doses of COV-Iran Barekat by May 21, and around 10 million doses of the vaccine will be supplied by June, said Hojjat Niki Maleki, director of the information department of the Barekat Foundation, which is mass-producing the vaccine.
The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) confirmed on Tuesday its first two cases of the new COVID-19 variant first detected in India. Alethea De Guzman of the DOH Epidemiology Bureau said the B.1.617 variant was detected from samples taken from two seafarers who arrived in the country from Oman on April 10 and the United Arab Emirates on April 19.
More than 43,000 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in Kyrgyzstan, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Development Uluk-Bek Bekturganov said at a briefing on Tuesday.