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Cases Jump in South Africa Hub; China Border Curbs: Virus Update

India administered 8.62 million vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, a daily record for the nation, as its new cases dropped to the lowest since March. Meanwhile, a string of countries across Africa, Asia and other regions have run out of vaccines or are on the brink of doing so.

Infections surged to a record in South Africa’s industrial hub of Gauteng, which includes Johannesburg and Pretoria. Singapore identified two more virus clusters in a large neighborhood outside the city center where the government widened mandatory testing in response to an outbreak.

Italy will end a requirement for wearing masks in open spaces in low-risk zones and plans to reopen clubs and discos. Abu Dhabi is offering vaccines to tourists, a move that may help attract visitors from countries that have supply constraints. Russian businesses are trying to encourage vaccinations through raffles and days off.

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