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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.
Italy
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.
Iceland
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
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
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.