Oil prices fell on Monday in volatile trade, reversing most of the previous session's gains as markets braced for a demand expected from mass testing for COVID-19 in China, which outweighed ongoing concern over tight supply.
Rafael Nadal is not taking any chances with COVID-19 and staying indoors when he is not on court, the Spaniard said on Thursday with three big names in the men's singles draw having pulled out of Wimbledon after contracting the virus.
Omicron, the highly contagious coronavirus variant sweeping across Iran, is gradually driving the daily death toll higher, with more patients diagnosed with COVID-19 being admitted to hospitals countrywide.
The number of people diagnosed with the coronavirus in Iran increased by around 22 percent compared with a day earlier, raising alarms about a new wave of pandemic caused by the mutated variant, Omicron.
Australia reported a record high of COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, and its second-largest state declared an emergency in hospitals to cope with surging patient admissions and a staffing shortage due to the coronavirus.
China suspended dozens of international flights on Friday amid a global surge in Omicron cases, while the city of Shanghai curbed tourist activity as it rushed to head off local COVID-19 infections as imported cases rose.
Pakistan reported on Monday more than 700 COVID-19 cases in a single day, its highest tally in two months, as authorities warned of a fifth wave of infections and made preparations to try to contain the fast-spreading Omicron variant.