.New York, NY, USA
Surgical masks did not stop the infectious virus from getting into the air. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • Surgical masks reduced the amount of virus that gets into the air
  • Study shows the virus in exhaled aerosols is increasing even more
  • The virus is evolving to be better at travelling through the air

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Applications for jobless aid are rising in the US (Photo Credit: Unsplash/Representational)

  • The United States is seeing a rise in applications for unemployment benefits
  • Last week, US touched the lowest number in people seeking jobless aid
  • The rise is being attributed to the spread of the Delta variant

.Alabama, USA
US hospitals are facing a shortage of oxygen. (Photo credit: AP)

  • Ray DeMonia, 73, was an antiques dealer
  • He died after being turned away from 43 hospitals across three US states
  • The hospitals had no ICU beds due to COVID

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Washington: Workers plant white flags as part of artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg's temporary art installation, "In America: Remember," in remembrance of Americans who have died of COVID-19, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Photo: PTI Photo)

  • Possible emergence of mutations amid the onset of colder weather a concern
  • The US also needs to ramp up its vaccination as it remains behind countries like Portugal and UAE
  • Joe Biden administration has announced measures to vaccinate more people 

.Putian, Fujian, China
China's Fujian coronavirus outbreak can be due a COVID positive father of a student in a primary school. (Photo credit: Representational/unsplash)

  • Putian city of Fujian province is the worst hit
  • The outbreak is believed to be due to Delta variant of the coronavirus
  • More than 100 COVID cases were recorded in Fujian in 3 days

(Photo credit: Representational/PTI file)

  • These people have arrived in England and Northern Ireland between March and May
  • This is when the Delta variant was on rise
  • Labour's shadow home secretary Nick Thomas accused the Home Office of gross negligence

.Geneva, Switzerland
The emergence of new COVID causing coronavirus variants has become a cause of worry for health experts. (Photo credit: unsplash)

  • Delta variant continues to be an alarming version of the coronavirus
  • Lambda variant cases are falling globally
  • Mu variant is being monitored by WHO and the US 

.Boise, Idaho, USA
The state's crisis guidelines give hospitals a legal and ethical template to use while rationing care. (Photo Credit: AP)

  • Activation of "crisis standards of care" announced.
  • The move allows hospitals to allot scarce resources
  • State's confirmed coronavirus cases surged in recent weeks

Delta variant is wreaking havoc in some Asian countries. (Photo credit: Unsplash)

  • The B.1.617.2 or Delta variant was first detected in India in late 2020
  • Delta variant is better at replicating and spreading than other variants
  • It takes eight times as many antibodies from a vaccinated individual to block the virus

.Auckland, New Zealand
Delta variant has caused a surge in hospitalisations in the US. (Photo Credit: Representational/Unsplash)

  • The victim had a number of underlying health conditions
  • New Zealand's largest city has been under a strict level 4 lockdown since mid-August
  • New Zealand has reported 3,392 confirmed coronavirus cases and 27 related deaths so far