Here’s the latest on the pandemic from around the world overnight.
Britain reported on Friday 15,810 new COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, official government data showed.
The Delta coronavirus variant and its sibling Kappa have surged in Italy in the past month, accounting for nearly 17 percent of total COVID-19 cases, the national health institute ISS said on Friday. The Delta variant was becoming dominant, it said.
Icelanders will no longer need to wear masks or keep a safe distance from other people as all COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted on Saturday, the country’s health minister said on Friday.
The North Atlantic country has generally combated the COVID-19 outbreak well via a rigorous testing and tracing system, but it has instituted lockdown measures several times in the last year to curb infection spikes.
Germany declared Portugal and Russia to be “virus-variant zones”, a measure that will trigger severe restrictions on travel to and from both countries.
Russia is facing a surge in COVID-19 cases that authorities blame on the highly infectious Delta variant and slow progress in vaccinating people, with deaths linked to the virus hitting a new record in Moscow on Friday.
The government coronavirus task force reported 20,393 new COVID-19 cases, the most confirmed in a single day since January 24, including 7916 in Moscow, taking the official national tally since the pandemic began to 5,409,088. It said 601 people had died of coronavirus-linked causes in the past 24 hours, with 98 in the capital.