Ahead of the February opening of the Winter Olympics in China, authorities are trying to contain the outbreak of the micron variant of the coronavirus in the southern city.
Officials in Zhuhai suspended the city’s bus service after finding seven cases of the highly contagious variant and advised residents to stay at home.
In the next week or two, Americans will begin receiving free, rapid home coronavirus tests from the US government. Residents will have to request tests on a dedicated website. Tests are almost impossible to find in stores.
The Indian Ministry of Health on Saturday said it had registered 268,833 new cases of COVID, up 4,631 from the number reported on Friday.
The Russian government on Friday delayed passing unpopular laws restricting access to public places without proof of a COVID-19 vaccination, amid a surge in new infections.
The Associated Press reports that the bill would have required Russians wishing to enter certain public places to have a QR code confirming either a vaccination, a recent recovery from COVID-19, or a medical exemption from immunization.
Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said the measure was canceled due to uncertainty about its effectiveness, as it was developed in response to the delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19. The omicron variant is currently causing a surge in new infections in the country.
According to her, 783 cases of the micron variant have been confirmed in Russia. Moscow authorities have reported 729 confirmed cases of omicrons in the capital since December 20.
Meanwhile, a French court has suspended the requirement to wear outdoor masks on the streets of Paris. The requirement was introduced on December 31st in an attempt to stifle the spread of the omicron variant.
A court in Versailles on Wednesday suspended a similar outdoor mask requirement for the Yvelines region.
The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported early Saturday that there were 323.7 million COVID cases and 5.5 million deaths. The center reported that 9.6 billion vaccines had been administered.