It comes amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign and a deepening crisis in places such as Brazil, India and France.
The intensifying outbreak is putting a grim weight on the country's fragile health care system.
The country is considering mixing vaccines to help boost their effectiveness, but they have not approved use of any foreign vaccine.
Cases broke a record for the fifth time this week, overwhelming hospitals.
Human rights groups are urging action to call attention to alleged Chinese abuses against Uyghurs, Tibetans, and residents of Hong Kong.
The decision underscores the challenges facing Japan as it struggles to stage a global sporting event amid the raging coronavirus pandemic.
It’s time for developed countries responsible for most of the carbon in the air to not just cut emissions but remove them, India’s energy minister said.
Video showed body parts scattered near the gates of a packed Roman Catholic cathedral on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island.
China’s Foreign Ministry denounced the sanctions as “based on nothing but lies and disinformation.”
Officials said the risk was too great to admit ticket holders from overseas during the coronavirus pandemic.