As of 5 p.m. on March 17, there were over 121 million coronavirus cases globally, with the death toll reaching 2.6 million, according to John Hopkins University. The good news is that there are over 97 million recoveries.
The United States is leading the world in both COVID-19 infections and fatalities, with over 30 million confirmed cases and over 549,000 deaths.
Several European countries temporarily suspended the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine shots following reports that some people who had been vaccinated had developed blood clots. The World Health Organization said it’s reviewing the reports.
Australia is “working with Singapore” to create a travel bubble between the two nations as early as July, officials said Sunday, in an effort to restart tourism and travel.
Early in the pandemic Australia closed its international border to slow the spread of COVID-19, with non-citizens banned from entering.
Europe’s medicines watchdog on Tuesday said the benefits of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine continue to outweigh risks after several countries halted its use due to concerns over blood clots.
The World Health Organization said Monday that it was still conducting its safety review of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
Russia has extended a ban on flights to and from Britain by one month to April 16 due to a new variant of the coronavirus first detected in the UK. Russia has had the flight ban – which is renewed monthly – in place since December 22.