In the United States, COVID-19 restrictions continue to fall. Mask mandates are gone in most major cities, including Los Angeles, New York City, Boston and Washington, DC; and vaccine requirements for indoor spaces such as gyms and restaurants are declining.
The move comes as COVID-19 cases rise in at least a dozen European countries, including Germany, which recorded a record number of cases on Friday, reaching a new high for the seventh day in a row.
Countries in the South Pacific and parts of Asia are also experiencing dramatic increases, including Hong Kong, which is experiencing nearly 300 deaths a day.
Should Americans be worried about a new wave?
Host Jane Clayson checks in at doctor Angela Rasmussena virologist at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization at the University of Saskatchewan.