In this week's Global COVID-19 Wrap, SABC News captures highlights from all corners of the globe as the number of confirmed infections continues to rise.
Italy has seen a sharp decline in the number of hospitalizations and intensive care cases owing to the massive vaccination campaign for the elderly across the country from April 6 to May 25, said a medical research institute on Thursday.
As coronavirus infections continue to rise across South Africa, there are concerns about the increasing rate of infections among children. This week, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases released the quarterly COVID-19 in Children Surveillance Report.
Mpumalanga Health MEC Sasekani Manzini has commended healthcare workers for assisting with the registration of the elderly in areas where there are network problems.
South Africa has recorded 4 424 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle, taking the total number to 1 649 977.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants government to embark on a COVID-19 vaccination roll-out system that will allow for walk-ins at various sites for those who qualify.
The Western Cape government says it estimates that the province will administer a further 40 000 COVID-19 vaccine doses this week.
France's Sanofi and Britain's GlaxoSmithKline launched a late-stage human trial for a recombinant COVID-19 vaccine candidate on Thursday which they hope to get approved by the end of 2021.
Renowned epidemiologist, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, has called on the medical sector to prepare hospitals and healthcare workers for a potential third wave of the coronavirus.
German researchers on Wednesday said that based on laboratory research, they believed they have found the cause of the rare but serious blood-clotting events among some people who received COVID-19 vaccines made by AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson.
South Africa has recorded 4 623 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle, taking the total number to 1 645 555.
President Joe Biden on Wednesday said the US intelligence community was divided on the origin in China of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, including whether it came from human contact with an infected animal or a laboratory accident.
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says KwaZulu-Natal is leading in the COVID-19 vaccination programme after recording the most number of people who have received their jabs.
The European Union's drug regulator said on Wednesday it is reviewing the death of a woman in Belgium who suffered a blood clot and low platelets after receiving Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, the first report of a fatality following the vaccine.
China will provide 1 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine to Nepal, its ambassador said on Wednesday, as authorities in the Himalayan country scramble to secure shots amid a surge in infections that has overwhelmed its rickety health system.
Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has denied any involvement in the awarding of an irregular multi-million-rand contract by his department. This after a Special Investigating Unit probe found that the Health Department's dealings with communications company, Digital Vibes, were irregular.
The Minister of Health, Dr Zwelini Mkhize, briefs the public on the ongoing investigations into the Digital Vibes Contract with the National Department of Health.
South Africa has recorded 3 084 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle, taking the total number to 1 640 932.
Technology giant GOOGLE says it is working hard to curb misinformation and fake news on its platforms.
A vaccination drive-thru has been set up to fast-track the country's second phase vaccination roll-out. The Gauteng Provincial Government has increased the number of vaccination sites from 28 to 63 in the province's five regions.
The European Union expects to have received more than a billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of September from four drugmakers, a document presented to EU leaders on Tuesday shows.
South Africa has recorded 2 383 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle, taking the total number to 1 637 848.
The water levels of dams supplying Cape Town have spiked to 74 % following steady rains over the past week. Western Cape Local Government Minister, Anton Bredell, says dams were at 52% this time last year.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on all world leaders to continue to support an initiative to ensure the availability of appropriate tools for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19, reach all parts of the globe.
Singapore authorities have provisionally approved a COVID-19 breathalyser test that aims to show whether someone is infected with the coronavirus in under a minute, according to the local startup that developed the product.
Health systems specialist Professor Ramneek Ahluwalia says the government's rollout of vaccines will be crucial to controlling any future waves of COVID-19.
A study has found that the Eastern Cape does not have sufficient capacity to successfully handle Phase 2 of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout programme.
The Congress of the People is calling for the urgent intervention of Minister Zweli Mkhize and government to prevent what it calls a potential COVID-19 disaster in the Northern Cape.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking into reports that a very small number of teenagers and young adults vaccinated against the coronavirus may have experienced heart problems, The New York Times reported on Saturday, citing the agency's vaccine safety group.
Apple CEO Tim Cook took the witness stand Friday for more than two hours in defense of the way his company runs the popular App Store.