COVID-19: World records 228.3 million cases, 4.7 million deaths

(VOVWORLD) - The world recorded a total of 228.3 million cases of COVID-19, including nearly 4.7 million deaths as of Saturday, according to statistics site In the past 24 hours, the world recorded an additional 560 thousand new cases and 8,400 new deaths.

COVID-19: World records 228.3 million cases, 4.7 million deaths - ảnh 1Students on the first day back to school in New York, the US, September 13, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua/VNA)

An independent advisory panel of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday voted to recommend a booster of Pfizer/BioNTech's vaccine for people aged  over 65 and high-risk groups. The same day, the White House said it would host a global COVID-19 summit next week to seek to step up immunization efforts around the world. The US has to date donated other countries with 140 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine and aims to provide an additional 500 million doses this year and next year.

In Europe, Italian health experts announced that the country controlled the fourth wave of COVID-19 infections as cases dropped sharply in the past two weeks.

From October 1, people is Belgium will not be required to wear masks in shops, cafes, restaurants but will have to do so in public transport, railway stations, airports and healthcare facilities. health. France and other European countries are stepping up vaccination programs to soon control the pandemic and return to normal life. Some countries have mandated vaccination or regular testing.