COVID death toll exceeds 5 million

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center says the worldwide death toll from COVID-19 has passed the 5 million mark.

The center reported Monday morning that the global death toll from the COVID pandemic had reached 5,000,425, just four months after the 4 million death mark.

Monday marks the easing of travel restrictions in Australia for its citizens and permanent residents who will no longer be subject to a two-week quarantine when they return to the country. Australians will also be able to leave the country without special permission.

Thailand began allowing fully vaccinated tourists to enter the country on Monday. Thailand’s economy has been hit by tourism restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that although she is fully vaccinated, she has contracted COVID-19, adding that she has only mild symptoms and is in quarantine. Members of her family have also tested positive for COVID-19, she said in a Twitter post on Sunday. Psaki did not travel to Europe with US President Joe Biden for the G-20 summit of world leaders.

British health workers began their program on Monday to visit more than 800 schools to vaccinate 12 to 15 year olds with COVID-19 vaccines.

Vaccines Minister Maggie Throup said: “Thanks to the dedication of the National Health Service (NHS) vaccination teams, we are making it possible for parents or guardians to reserve COVID-19 vaccines for their children as simply as possible. “

The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center said on Monday that nearly 7 billion vaccines have been administered worldwide.

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