COVID-19: What you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic on 18 February

SourceWorld Economic Forum
CountryMiddle east

This daily round-up brings you a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected. Top stories: Pandemic adds $24 trillion to global debt; Mexico calls for more equitable vaccine roll-out; India to test arrivals from UK, South Africa and Brazil. 1. How COVID-19 is affecting the globe Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have now passed 109.9 million globally, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The number of confirmed deaths stands at more than 2.43 million. India is making COVID-19 molecular tests mandatory for people arriving – either directly or indirectly – from the UK, South Africa and Brazil in a bid to prevent the spread of more infectious variants. US President Joe Biden has told 10 top union leaders that his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan and a separate measure to modernize US infrastructure will boost the US economy and create millions of jobs. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey will begin a gradual return to normal life – on a province-by-province basis – from March.

South Africa launched its COVID-19 vaccination drive yesterday, with a roll-out of the Johnson more...