Coronavirus: Latest global developments
Kolkata, India: Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:
J&J green light
The EU's drug regulator says blood clots should be listed as a "very rare" side effect of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine but that its benefits still outweigh the risks.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls on Indians to step up their efforts to battle the coronavirus to avoid new lockdowns, saying in his first address since the start of the record-breaking new wave of infections that the nation is "once again fighting a big fight".
The EU, criticized for its slow Covid-19 vaccine rollout, will have enough doses to cover 70 percent of its adult population by mid-July due to higher production within the bloc, commissioner Thierry Breton says.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte announces an end to the controversial Covid curfew and says cafes will be allowed to serve outdoors from April 28.
Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin says the coronavirus situation has deteriorated in the capital and announces a vaccination campaign for the elderly to avoid reimposing virus restrictions.
Brazil mortality rate
Brazil, which has the world's second-highest Covid death toll with nearly 375,000 fatalities, also has the highest mortality rate in the Americas and the southern hemisphere, according to AFP data.
At least 49 passengers on a flight from New Delhi to Hong Kong test positive, as the financial hub introduces an emergency ban on all flights from India in a crackdown over a new wave of cases.
Japan's third most populated region Osaka asks the central government to impose a state of emergency in the prefecture as infections rise just three months before the country hosts the Olympics.
Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad delivers a petition to the national palace urging the king to revoke a state of emergency, saying it had transformed the country into a "dictatorship".
More than three million dead
At least 3,031,441 people have died of Covid-19 around the world 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 567,729 deaths, followed by Brazil with 374,682, Mexico with 212,466, India with 180,530, and Britain with 127,274.