On Sunday, officials in Britain said they were still gauging the potential impact of the new variant. But increasing the uptake of vaccines and boosters would be the “surest defense,” Dominic Raab, Britain’s deputy prime minister, said to the BBC. “Our message is this: Enjoy Christmas this year. The vaccineContinue Reading

With daily coronavirus case rates reaching record numbers and area hospitals more than 90 percent full, local officials in the Buffalo area reinstituted a mask mandate for all indoor public spaces that went into effect on Tuesday. “We really need to keep the hospitals from being inundated,” Mark Poloncarz, theContinue Reading

Spain’s Basque region on Tuesday announced new restrictions on gatherings to control its latest coronavirus wave, after months in which Spain stood out as a country that had largely reined in the pandemic, in particular thanks to a high vaccination rate. The virus has spread unevenly in Spain in recentContinue Reading

WARSAW — The Polish authorities said that border guards used water cannons and tear gas on Tuesday to repel what they said was an attempt by migrants moving en masse from Belarus to breach the heavily guarded frontier. Tensions have been building along the European Union’s eastern front for weeksContinue Reading