The ban, which runs to Jan.22, excludes indoor political party events of less than 300 people, or at 50% of a venue's capacity, the watchdog said in a statement. India reported 268,833 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours.
The world's first medical trial authorised to deliberately expose participants to the coronavirus is seeking more volunteers as it steps up efforts to help develop better vaccines.
On the other hand, children who tested negative for COVID-19 had improved asthma control for the next six months, meaning fewer emergency department visits and hospitalisations for asthma, and less asthma treatment, the study showed.
Senior health official Vinod Kumar Paul told a news briefing that government experts were studying data on boosters but "our emphatic view...is to (first) cover every adult with (just) the primary two doses." The government has said this target can be achieved by January.
Just as global sports had rediscovered its brio and the welcome return to full stadia the Omicron coronavirus variant threatens to once again plunge it into chaos.
The 56-year-old epidemiologist and former trauma surgeon insisted that "if we knuckle down now in terms of disease control, ... (and) getting vaccine coverage up," we can move past the pandemic phase.
Health ministry of Saudi Arabia on Sunday registered 1,024 new coronavirus infections and one death. Daily cases had fallen below 100 in September.
The death of Igor Bogdanoff, 72, was confirmed on Monday evening by his lawyer Edouard de Lamaze. He died just six days after his brother Grichka Bogdanoff passed away in a Parisian hospital, also of COVID-19, the lawyer confirmed.
Both Angeles and Vergeire clarified, however, that the relaxation of the mask rule is not yet a policy. They said Marcos has to issue a presidential order to make it official.
The country, which has the fourth-highest tally of deaths globally, recorded 400,000 deaths by July 2021 after the devastating outbreak from the Delta variant of the coronavirus, according to official data. Some believe the figures were much higher.