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We provide the latest updates and crucial information on the global COVID-19 pandemic here.

April 20

Outside China

The latest figures reported by each government's health authority as of April 20, 2021.

- Only 1 pct of COVID-19 vaccines administered in lowest-income countries last week: WHO (Read more)

- Global weekly COVID-19 infections reach new high: WHO (Read more)

- Safety probes threaten to disrupt vaccine rollout (Read more)

- All Indian adults to be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination from May 1

- Argentina registers 20,461 new COVID-19 cases in one day


Latest data released by National Health Commission by midnight, April 19, 2021.

- Chinese mainland reports 10 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 1 locally transmitted

April 19

Outside China

- Patient backlog in some UK hospitals may last for years: health body (Read more)

- India's daily COVID-19 positivity rate doubles in 12 days (Read more)

- India's sports minister tests positive for COVID-19 (Read more)

- Fiji locks down greater Nadi, Lautoka area following woman tests positive for COVID-19


- Chinese mainland reports 11 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, all imported (Read more)

April 18

Outside China

- People recovered from COVID-19 in Portugal to be vaccinated: coordinator


Chinese mainland reports 16 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, all imported (Read more)

April 17

Outside China 

Global COVID-19 death toll surpasses 3 million (Read more)

India continues to record over 200,000 new COVID-19 cases per day (Read more)


Chinese mainland reports 15 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, 1 locally transmitted (Read more)

Hong Kong reports 18 new COVID-19 cases (Read more)

April 16

Outside China

- Pfizer CEO says third COVID-19 vaccine dose likely needed within 12 months (Read more)

- California opens up COVID-19 vaccinations to all aged 16 and older (Read more)

- India registers record high of over 200,000 new COVID-19 cases (Read more)

- France's total COVID-19 death toll passed the 100,000 mark

- Africa's confirmed COVID-19 cases pass 4.38 mln: Africa CDC


- Chinese mainland reports 11 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, 1 locally transmitted (Read more)

April 15

Outside China

- Turkey provides Libya with 150,000 doses of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine (Read more)

- Moderna COVID-19 shot production unlikely to rise significantly in next few months - CEO (Read more)

- Denmark stops AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine rollout for "risk of severe side effects"

- Italy hits pause on Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine plans just ahead of rollout for risk of blood clots


Chinese mainland reports 10 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, all imported (Read more)

April 14

Outside China

- US recommends 'pause' for J&J vaccine over clot reports (Read more)

- Africa seeks to bolster its vaccine manufacturing capacity (Read more)

- India authorizes emergency use of Russian COVID-19 vaccine (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 12 new COVID-19 cases, 1 locally transmitted (Read more)

April 13

Outside China

- UN chief deplores failure of multilateralism to fight COVID (Read more)

- Healthy cooperation between China and Angola (Read more)

- Several US states shut down Johnson & Johnson vaccine sites after adverse reactions reported (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 9 new COVID-19 cases, 1 locally transmitted (Read more)

April 12

Outside China

- India overtakes Brazil as world's second worst-hit country by COVID-19 (Read more)

- EU looks into second jab linked to blood clots (Read more)

- Iraq receives 2nd batch of donated COVID-19 vaccines from China (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 16 new COVID-19 cases, 2 locally transmitted (Read more)

April 11

Outside China


- Southwest China's Yunnan province, where new locally-transmitted COVID-19 infections began to emerge in late March, reported no new confirmed or asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 on Saturday (Read more)

- Chinese mainland reports 10 new COVID-19 cases, all imported

April 10

Outside China

IMF, World Bank urged to contain pandemic with fair, efficient distribution of vaccines (Read more)

New lockdowns aim to keep guard up against COVID-19, says Argentine president

- Most Canadians concerned about being sick with COVID-19 (Read more)

- US Washington governor updates criteria for reopening phases


- Over 161m COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across China (Read more)

- Chinese mainland reports 14 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, all imported (Read more)

April 9

Outside China

- US reports over 20,000 coronavirus variants infections

- Egypt hails 'fruitful' cooperation with China in fighting COVID-19 (Read more)

- More than enough vaccines for adults under-30s in UK: health secretary

- Argentina extends COVID-19 social distancing measures until April 30 (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 21 new COVID-19 cases , 8 locally transmitted

April 8

Outside China

- India registers fresh high of 126,789 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours

- People under 30 will be offered alternative to Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in UK due to rare blood clot risk (Read more)

- No nationwide lockdown despite surging COVID-19 cases in Brazil, says president (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 24 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, 11 locally transmitted (Read more)

April 7

Outside China

- Serbian president receives injection of Chinese COVID-19 vaccine (Read more)

- Two batches of Chinese-made vaccines arrive in Lebanon (Read more)

- Biden announces all US adults eligible for COVID-19 vaccine by April 19 (Read more)

- White House rules out a US vaccine 'passport' (Read more)

- California governor plans to fully reopen state by June 15 (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 12 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, 2 locally transmitted (Read more)

April 6

Outside China

- Georgian health minister says Chinese vaccine safe, effective (Read more)

- China's Sinopharm delivers more vaccines to Serbia (Read more)

- DPRK will not go to the Tokyo Olympics for the risks of coronavirus infection (Read more)

- UK PM confirms further lockdown easing in England from April 12 (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 24 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, 15 locally transmitted (Read more)

April 5

Outside China

- Millions fall under Easter virus clamps (Read more)

- France says deficits rise as Covid destroys rebound hopes (Read more)


- Virus in Ruili likely imported (Read more)

- Chinese mainland reports 32 new COVID-19 cases, 15 locally transmitted

April 4


- Chinese mainland reports 21 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, 10 locally transmitted (Read more)

- China to promote COVID-19 vaccinations on campus (Read more

- Beijing starts COVID-19 vaccination for foreign nationals (Read more)

Outside China

Argentine president tests positive for COVID-19 (Read more)

April 3

Outside China

- Jabs carve-up tweaked to aid EU's neediest states (Read more)

- Xi sends sympathy to Pakistani head of state (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 26 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, 7 locally transmitted (Read more)

April 2

Outside China

- WHO warns slow vaccine roll-out prolonging COVID-19 pandemic (Read more)

- Canada's most populous province to enter four-week shutdown (Read more)

- France to enter third nationwide lockdown (Read more)

- Turkey's daily COVID-19 cases hit new record at 40,806


- Chinese mainland reports 9 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, 4 locally transmitted (Read more)

April 1

Outside China

- COVID was third leading cause of US deaths in 2020: data (Read more)

- Death rate from COVID-19 could be close to nine times greater in nations where large numbers of people refuse inoculation: report (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 16 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, 6 locally transmitted (Read more)

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