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Uganda (191% rise in cases), Colombia (40%), Malaysia (38%), and Bahrain (32%) are getting hit hard.
WHO advisors have approved emergency listing for China's two-dose vaccine.
Also, Japanese officials are mulling extending the state of emergency for much of the country.
Four of the five countries with the most cases last week were in the Americas.
India's COVID-19 deaths are still at record highs, with black fungus cases rising.
As a precaution, the Dutch health ministry announces a pause in vaccinating people younger than 60.
Also, Brazilian researchers warned of a link between the P1 variant and higher death rates in younger adults.
In another encouraging trend, deaths have fallen for the second week in a row.
Israel and the UK are signaling they will keep precautions in place over the threat of new variant viruses.
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