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Coronavirus: Latest global developments

US President Joe Biden asks every US federal worker to either declare they are fully vaccinated or wear masks and be tested, stopping short of a vaccination mandate but marking a dramatic return to re
US President Joe Biden asks every US federal worker to either declare they are fully vaccinated or wear masks and be tested, stopping short of a vaccination mandate but marking a dramatic return to restrictions. (Photo: Unsplash)
PARIS — Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:

Delta spread in China
Hundreds of thousands of people in China are in lockdown as the country battles its worst outbreak in months.اضافة اعلان

Biden steps up virus fight
US President Joe Biden asks every US federal worker to either declare they are fully vaccinated or wear masks and be tested, stopping short of a vaccination mandate but marking a dramatic return to restrictions.

Japan emergency
Japan extends a virus emergency in Tokyo and expands the measure to four more regions as it battles a surge in infections a week into the pandemic-postponed Olympics.

Vaccine-resistant variants risk
Relaxing restrictions like mask-wearing and social distancing when most people have been vaccinated greatly increases the risk of vaccine-resistant variants of the virus, new research shows.

Australia sets vaccine target
Australia will reopen its borders and end lockdowns when 80 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, Prime Minister Scott Morrison reveals, sketching a long road out of "Fortress Australia" virus restrictions.

Philippines lockdown
The Philippines will send more than 13 million people in the national capital region back into lockdown next week, the government says, as it tries to head off a surge in cases.

Mexico deaths
Mexico recorded more than 200,000 deaths from the virus in 2020 -- 35 percent more than originally reported by the government, the national statistics institute says.

German entry restrictions
Anyone entering Germany from abroad will have to take a Covid-19 test from Sunday unless they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from the disease, Health Minister Jens Spahn says.

Saudi to welcome tourists
Saudi Arabia announces it will reopen its borders to fully vaccinated foreign tourists after a 17-month closure due to the pandemic.

US doses to Uzbekistan
The United States donates three million doses of vaccines to Uzbekistan, its ambassador says, as Washington seeks to boost its relationships with the Central Asian states bordering Afghanistan.

Vaccine perks
The Czech government approves a proposal to give civil servants who get Covid vaccines an extra two days of holiday.

Four million dead
The coronavirus has killed at least 4,202,179 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.

The United States is the worst-affected country with 612,122 deaths, followed by Brazil with 554,497, India with 423,217, Mexico with 239,997 and Peru with 196,214 fatalities. 

The World Health Organization says up to three times the number suggested by official figures have died directly or indirectly because of the pandemic.

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