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We provide the latest updates and crucial information on the global COVID-19 pandemic here.

Feb 28

Outside China

The latest figures reported by each government's health authority as of Feb 28, 2021.

US FDA approves Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use (Read more)


Latest data released by National Health Commission by midnight, Feb 27, 2021.

Chinese mainland reports 6 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, all imported (Read more)

Feb 27

Outside China


Chinese mainland reports 10 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, all imported (Read more)

Feb 26

Outside China

- Global COVID-19 deaths surpass 2.5 mln: Johns Hopkins University (Read more)

- WHO experts warn health risk of 'post-COVID' symptoms (Read more)

- US records nearly 2,000 coronavirus variants infections as new variant detected in New York (Read more)

- S. Korea launches mass COVID-19 vaccination nationwide (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 6 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, all imported (Read more)

- China conditionally approves four self-developed COVID-19 vaccines: official (Read more)

- Hong Kong's mass coronavirus vaccination program begins 

Feb 25

Outside China

- Germany grants special approval for first COVID-19 self-test kits (Read more)

- US launches new initiative to study 'Long COVID' (Read more)

- Egypt approves Russia's Sputnik V vaccine for emergency use

- Honduras approves use of Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19

- France's daily COVID-19 infections hit three-month high at 31,519


- Chinese mainland reports 7 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, all imported (Read more)

Feb 24

Outside China

- WHO expert accuses Western media of distorting information on Wuhan trip (Read more)

- Egypt, Arab League receive 1st batch of China-aided COVID-19 vaccines (Read more)

- Japan regions push to end state of emergency as COVID-19 cases fall (Read more)

- Thailand receives 1st batch of COVID-19 vaccines from China's Sinovac (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 12 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, all imported (Read more)

Feb 23

Outside China

- UN chief stressed COVID-19 vaccines must be a global public good, accessible and affordable for all (Read more)

- US passes 500,000 COVID deaths: Johns Hopkins tracker (Read more)

- WHO head urges wealthy nations not to undermine COVAX program (Read more)

- Schools across England will reopen on March 8 as part of the government's so-called road map out of lockdown (Read more)

- Vaccination drive picks up across African countries (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 10 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, all imported (Read more)

- More than 416,000 college students have stayed put during the Spring Festival holiday: Ministry of Education

Feb 22 

Outside China

- Britain to offer all adults a COVID-19 vaccine by end of July (Read more)

- US COVID-19 deaths nearing 500,000 a year after pandemic outbreak: media (Read more)

- Americans could still need to wear masks in 2022, says Fauci (Read more)

- India's COVID-19 tally crosses 11-mln mark (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 11 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, all imported (Read more)

- China's Heilongjiang clears all COVID-19 risk areas (Read more)

- Shijiazhuang to reopen public cultural venues, stadiums (Read more)

Feb 21

Outside China

- Key COVID-19 indicators in US continue to fall (Read more)

- Australia begins coronavirus vaccinations (Read more)

- Africa's confirmed COVID-19 cases near 3.82 million: Africa CDC


- Chinese mainland reports seven new confirmed COVID-19 cases, all imported (Read more)

Feb 20

Outside China

- Biden tours Pfizer vaccine plant as weather delays 6M shots (Read more)

Rate of virus infections falling fast in England (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports eight new COVID-19 cases, all imported (Read more)

Feb 19

Outside China

- US CDC projects up to 559,000 COVID-19 deaths by March 13 (Read more)

- Life expectancy in US plummets by one year amid pandemic, biggest drop since WWII (Read more)

- China to donate 30,000 coronavirus vaccine doses to Montenegro

- Senegal to launch COVID-19 vaccination next week with Chinese vaccine

- Greece's mutant COVID-19 strain cases up by more than half in 5 days


- Chinese mainland reported 10 new COVID-19 cases, all imported (Read more)

- The first batch of mainland-manufactured COVID-19 vaccines arrives in Hong Kong (Read more)

Feb 18

Outside China

- EU launches bio-defense preparedness plan against COVID-19 variants (Read more)

- Coronavirus variants spreading rapidly in Germany, health minister warns (Read more)

- B.1.1.7 may become predominant variant in US in March: CDC (Read more)

- US reports over 3 mln child COVID-19 cases

- WHO roots for training of African health workers to boost COVID-19 vaccine roll-out


- Chinese mainland reported 11 new COVID-19 cases, all imported (Read more)

- All subways in Shijiazhuang to resume operations starting Friday

Feb 17


- Chinese mainland reported 7 new COVID-19 cases, all imported. Reading more...

Outside China

The global COVID-19 confirmed cases reached 109,463,210, according to latest updates by Johns Hopkins University

Feb 16


Chinese mainland reported 9 new COVID-19 cases, with zero locally transmitted.

Feb 15

Outside China

UK records another 10,972 coronavirus cases as 15 million vaccinated (Read more)


Chinese mainland reported 9 new COVID-19 cases, with one locally transmitted. (Read more)

Feb 14


Chinese mainland reported 7 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, all imported (Read more)

- HKSAR gov't considers relaxation of social distancing after holiday: official (Read more)

Outside China 

- US records nearly 1,000 coronavirus variants infections (Read more)

- Canada sees steady decline of COVID-19 cases, variants increase (Read more)

- Brazil registers 5th consecutive day of over 1,000 deaths from COVID-19 (Read more)

- Africa's COVID-19 cases top 3.73 mln: Africa CDC (Read more)

Feb 13


Chinese mainland reported 8 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, all imported

Outside China

- White House did not approve new CDC guidance on reopening schools (Read more)

Feb 12


Chinese mainland reported 12 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, all imported (Read more)

Outside China

Germany extends COVID-19 lockdown to March 7 (Read more)

Feb 11


- Chinese mainland reported two new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, both imported

Outside China

More coronavirus variants spread in US (Read more)

Feb 10 

Outside China

- Cambodia begins COVID-19 vaccination drive with Chinese jabs (Read more)

- All travelers arriving in the UK from abroad will face a double-testing procedure for novel coronavirus while in a 10-day quarantine (Read more)

- J&J CEO says people may need annual COVID-19 vaccine shots for next several years - CNBC (Read more)

- New Zealand gov't approves 1st COVID-19 vaccine (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 14 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, all imported (Read more)

- China has administered over 40 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Tuesday

Feb 9

Outside China

- Study suggests UK coronavirus variant spreading rapidly across US (Read more)

- WHO expresses concern about risk mutations pose to vaccines (Read more)

- Italy's coronavirus indicators keep improving despite slowdown in vaccine rollout (Read more)

- Ukraine to be among first countries receiving COVID-19 vaccines via COVAX: WHO (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 14 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, all imported (Read more)

Feb 8

Outside China

- China to provide COVID-19 vaccines to Egypt, Arab League (Read more)

- UK gov't rules out 'vaccine passports' for travelling broad (Read more)

- US sees drop in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths (Read more)

- AstraZeneca vaccine roll-out in S. Africa to be postponed (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 14 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, all imported (Read more)

Feb 7

Outside China

- Cuba begins applying restrictions on flights, passengers to stop spread of COVID-19 (Read more)

- US records over 100,000 COVID-19 deaths in 2021 as vaccine rollout underway (Read more)


Chinese mainland reports 11 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 1 locally transmitted (Read more)

Feb 6

Outside China

Still too early to talk about lifting coronavirus restrictions: UK PM (Read more)

- Iran to begin COVID-19 vaccination in next days (Read more)


- The Chinese mainland reported 12 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, including 4 locally-transmitted

Feb 5

Outside China 

- Britain to impose mandatory hotel quarantine, starting Feb 15 (Read more)

- UN General Assembly president receives COVID-19 vaccine (Read more)

- NYC COVID-19 test positivity rate up to 8.48%, new cases down to 3,627: mayor (Read more)

- Italy COVID-19 death toll tops 90,000

- Canada extends COVID-19 ban on cruise ships to 2022


- Chinese mainland reports 20 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, 6 locally transmitted (Read more)

Feb 4

Outside China 

- New COVID-19 cases in US decline while variants spread draws concern (Read more)

- Spain's coronavirus death toll tops 60,000

- France registers over 26,000 new COVID-19 infections in one day

- Travelers to Sweden required to present negative COVID-19 test from Feb 6


- Chinese mainland reports 30 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, 17 locally transmitted (Read more)

- WHO intl expert team visits key venues in Wuhan (Read more)

- China has administered over 31 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines (Read more)

- China's daily single-sample nucleic acid testing capacity reaches 16 million, 12.7 times the figure for March 2020 (Read more)

Feb 3

Outside China

- Pfizer targets at least 2 bln COVID-19 vaccine doses this year, sees $15 bln in 2021 from the shots (Read more)

- Cuba sees repeated spike in daily COVID-19 infections (Read more)

- UK to start door-to-door COVID-19 testing in 8 areas (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 25 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, 15 locally transmitted (Read more)

Feb 2

Outside China

- COVID-19 vaccinations for all Germans by end of summer: Merkel (Read more)

- UK increases vaccine orders to 400 million doses after new deal (Read more)

- US new COVID cases fall for third straight week, hospitalizations down (Read more)


- Chinese mainland reports 30 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, 12 locally transmitted (Read more)

Feb 1

Outside China

- US COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations drop while deaths still increase (Read more)

- Greece identifies 1st case of mutated coronavirus strain detected in S. Africa (Read more)

- Israel extends COVID-19 lockdown (Read more)

- ADB provides 25 mln USD to help Philippines purchase COVID-19 vaccines


- Chinese mainland reports 42 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, 33 locally transmitted (Read more)

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