PARIS: Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:
Britain's embattled prime minister Boris Johnson vows to fight on as leader to the next general election, despite moves by his own MPs to oust him amid public fury over lockdown-breaking parties in Downing Street.
Johnson says most restrictions deployed to fight the latest wave of the Covid pandemic in England will be lifted from next week.
The United States appears to be emerging from its latest coronavirus wave driven by the Omicron variant, data shows, though cases remain far higher than during any previous surge and Covid hospitalisations are at a peak.
Beijing reports five new locally transmitted coronavirus cases, raising fears of a fresh outbreak less than three weeks before the city hosts the Winter Olympics.
The latest coronavirus variant will weigh on US economic growth in the months ahead but will not derail it, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen assures the nation's mayors.
More than 100 millionaires make an appeal to be taxed to pay for Covid vaccines for everyone and pull 2.3 billion people out of poverty.
Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala says the government is scrapping plans for obligatory Covid-19 vaccinations for over-60s, an initiative of the previous cabinet.
Voters in quarantine because they have tested positive for coronavirus or are contact cases will be allowed to vote at Portugal's January 30 elections, the government announces.
South Africa-born biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong opens Africa's first start-to-finish Covid vaccine plant in Cape Town.
US actor John Malkovich was turned away from a luxury hotel in Venice last week after failing to present a valid Covid vaccination pass, Italian news media report.
Museums and concert halls temporarily turn themselves into beauty salons and gyms in the Netherlands in protest against the Dutch government's coronavirus restrictions.
The coronavirus has killed at least 5,553,124 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources on Wednesday.
The US has recorded the most Covid deaths with 854,074, followed by Brazil with 621,517, India on 487,202 and Russia 323,376.
Taking into account excess mortality linked to Covid-19, the WHO estimates the overall death toll could be two to three times higher.
S African scientists who first identified Omicron are pointing to two other Omicron sub-variants, BA 4 and BA 5, "as...
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Very young children are the only group that are yet to be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in the US and in most countries
China is facing its worst outbreak since the peak of the first wave in early 2020, with eastern Shanghai recording...
Under its zero-COVID policy, China has used lockdowns, mass testing, and travel restrictions to stamp out infections
China's health commission says a four-year-old boy tested positive for the strain after being hospitalised earlier...