PARIS: Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:
For a third day running, Russia records its highest daily death toll, with 819 fatalities reported over the past 24 hours.
Australia's biggest city announces tighter Covid restrictions including heavier fines and stricter policing as authorities battle to contain a Delta outbreak.
Iran announces fresh curbs to combat the spread of Covid-19 as deaths and infections surge and the country tries to speed up its vaccination campaign.
President Alejandro Giammattei announces a new state of emergency, including an overnight curfew from Sunday to contain a surge in Covid infections driven by the Delta variant.
The Democratic Republic of Congo receives a batch of more than 50,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the United Kingdom, after 35 days of having no supplies, the health ministry announces.
Protesters opposing a health pass championed by President Emmanuel Macron to defeat Covid-19 mass across France for the fifth successive weekend, but official figures suggest the numbers are down on last week.
The coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 4,347,979 people worldwide since the virus first emerged in late 2019, according to an AFP compilation of official data.
The US is the worst-affected country with 621,060 deaths, followed by Brazil with 567,862, India with 430,732, Mexico 247,414 and Peru 197,279.
The United States has recorded the most Covid deaths with 849,259, followed by Brazil with 620,796
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