The Brazilian Senate votes to charge President Jair Bolsonaro over his controversial handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The charges include crimes against humanity, incitement to crime, falsification of documents and the violation of social rights. Brazil's COVID-19 death toll is second only to that of the United States.
The Italian Health ministry signs a decree which moves Sicily into the "yellow zone" and will reimpose some restrictions such as the mask mandate both outdoors and indoors and restrict restaurant diners to groups of four beginning on August 30 following an increase of COVID-19 cases.
Brazilian social movements organize demonstrations in Brazil's major cities against the government of President Jair Bolsonaro. Protestors demand Bolsonaro's impeachment over the perceived mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic by the government, with calls for faster and wider vaccination campaigns.
Saudi Arabia suspends all international passenger flights for one week as well as all entry through land and sea ports in response to a new variant of the SARS-COV-2 that was discovered in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said he was in surgery for vocal cord polyp removal and was not part of the discussion during the August 20 task force meeting when updated guidelines were discussed. He also expressed concerns over how people would interpret the new recommendations.
Chile's Ministry of Health reports its country's first COVID-19 death in an 83-year woman from Renca, Santiago. The country has more than 500 confirmed cases, the second-largest number in South America after Brazil.