Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera’s continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I’m Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur.
- More than 8 million people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus around the world. More than 3.8 million have recovered, while at least 435,662 have died, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The US, Brazil and the UK have reported the most deaths.
- WHO head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus has warned countries need to “stay alert to the possibility of resurgence” as new clusters of cases emerge in Beijing and more than 100,000 cases of coronavirus are reported across the world every day.
Here are the latest updates:
Tuesday, June 16
00:00 GMT – More than 8 million coronavirus cases recorded worldwide
Some 8,005,294 cases of coronavirus have now been confirmed around the world, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The actual figure is likely to be much higher because countries often have different criteria for testing, and milder and asyptomatic cases may go undetected.
These are the five countries with the most cases:
1. US – 2,111,622
2. Brazil – 888,271
3. Russia – 536,484
4. India – 332, 424
5. United Kingdom – 298,315
These are the five countries that have recorded the most deaths:
1. US – 116,114
2. Brazil – 43,959
3. United Kingdom – 41,821
4. Italy – 34,371
5. France – 29,439
23:30 GMT – Coronavirus more likely to kill those with chronic conditions: CDC
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found people with chronic illnesses including heart disease and diabetes are 6 times more likely to be admitted to hospital, and 12 times more likely to die than COVID-19 patients with no underlying conditions.
The CDC based its analysis on 1.32 million confirmed cases of coronavirus that it received between January 22 and the end of May.
Although information on underlying conditions was available for only 22 percent of those patients, the CDC found that of those, 32 percent had a heart-related illness, 30 percent had diabetes and 18 percent a chronic lung condition including asthma.
The CDC said that age remained a major risk. The percentage of intensive care admission was highest among people aged at least 60 and over with underlying conditions. People over the age of 80 were the most likely to die, even if they didn’t have a chronic illness.
Dr. Amin Khan wrote about chronic illnesses and COVID-19 for Al Jazeera’s Doctor’s Note in March.
Read all the updates from yesterday (June 15) here.
Al Jazeera and news agencies