PARIS: Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:
The highly contagious Delta variant could soon account for 90 percent of new coronavirus cases in the EU, the bloc´s disease control agency says, urging members to spur vaccination drives.
Russia warns of an "explosive" spread of the Delta coronavirus variant in the country made worse by a sluggish vaccination campaign leading to rapidly rising infections and deaths.
Morgan Stanley becomes the latest big financial firm to require employees to be vaccinated at some company offices as corporate America adjusts workplace rules to the reopening US economy.
More than 150 employees at the Houston Methodist hospital in Texas resign or are fired after failing to comply with orders to get a vaccination to continue working there.
A panel of experts convened by the top US health agency will review data surrounding more than 300 confirmed cases of heart muscle inflammation among adolescents and young adults after receiving mRNA vaccines like the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna jabs.
Greece says masks will not be required outdoors from Thursday, except when large numbers of people have gathered. A curfew is to be lifted on Monday.
Switzerland will scrap most of its remaining coronavirus restrictions this weekend, including for entry into the country.
Remaining outdoor mask-wearing rules will be dropped from Saturday and the requirement to work from home will be downgraded to a recommendation.
With a month to go till the opening ceremony, Tokyo Olympic organisers unveil tough new rules for spectators at the Games, including no alcohol, no hugs, no cheers and no autographs.
Residents in Sydney are largely banned from leaving the city as Australian authorities rush to stop a growing outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant from spreading.
The pandemic has killed at least 3,884,538 people since the virus first emerged in December 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data at 1000 GMT.
The United States is the worst-affected country with 602,462 deaths, followed by Brazil with 504,717, India with 390,660 Mexico with 231,505 and Peru with 190,906.
The figures are based on reports by health authorities in each country, but do not take into account upward revisions carried out later by statistical bodies.
The WHO says up to three times more people have died directly or indirectly due to the pandemic than official figures suggest.
From tomorrow onwards, citizens over 18 years will be eligible for a free booster dose of their choice
The WHO slammed the deadly "moral shame" of high-income countries hogging vaccine supplies then offloading near-expiry...
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Omicron causes less severe disease than Delta, but it is a dangerous virus...
The cancer death rate in the US has dropped 32 percent from its peak in 1991 to 2019
The Pfizer boss hoped that the new vaccine against the Omicron variant will be rolled out in March
The United States has approved Pfizer's Covid-19 booster shot for children aged 12 and above