Washington [US], June 18 (ANI): Chinese vice-minister of State Security, Dong Jingwei, reportedly defected to the United States and gave the information about the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which is at the center of coronavirus lab-leak hypothesis.
Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) [India], June 18 (ANI): Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) - led Madhya Pradesh government of under-reporting COVID-related deaths in the state, Congress Working President of MP unit Jitu Patwari on Thursday demanded state government "to correct the number of deaths due to COVID-19".
London [UK], June 18 (ANI): United Kingdom has recorded 11,007 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, with the emergence of the Delta variant pushing the figure above 10,000 for the first time since late February.
Tokyo [Japan], June 18 (ANI): The Japanese government has officially decided to end the coronavirus state of emergency on Sunday for nine of the 10 prefectures covered. Seven of the nine prefectures will then have focused restrictions through July 11.
Moscow [Russia], June 18 (ANI/Sputnik): Less than 1% of the African population is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, while the countries are facing the third wave of COVID-19, WHO Regional Director for Africa Matshidiso Moeti said on Thursday.
Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], June 18 (ANI): To study the coronavirus infections amongst the people in the state who have completed the full schedule of COVID-19 vaccination, the Odisha government on Thursday constituted an eight-member technical experts Committee.
Washington [US], June 18 (ANI/Sputnik): Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunizations (NACI) is recommending those who received the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus shot as the first dose in their vaccination schedule to get vaccinated with a messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine for their second dose.