New cases were confirmed in Australia, Germany, UK and Italy, while Israel closes its borders to all foreigners in a bid to stem the spread of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus.
The rise in infections come as a leaked internal CDC document found fully immunised people with so-called breakthrough infections of the Delta variant can spread the disease as easily as unvaccinated people.
India is in a desperate fight to deal with skyrocketing infections in a surge fast becoming bigger and deadlier across South Asia, prompting the army to open its hospitals in a bid to bring a massive humanitarian crisis under control.
Independent advisers to the FDA began daylong discussions on whether to allow widespread use of Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine, setting the stage for a final decision within days.
The discovery of the new variant has prompted EU countries to stiffen their lockdown measures.
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