The virus that surfaced in late 2019 in central China and the ensuing pandemic has infected more than 100 million people, leaving billions more under crippling lockdowns and ravaging the global economy. Almost half a million people had their second dose - a new record.
Meanwhile, the United States has now recorded more than 32 million coronavirus cases, making it the worst-hit country in the world.
Udaya Regmi of the worldwide Red Cross said the "truly frightening" South Asian surge was a "wake-up call to the world". India, driven by a variety of viruses, has seen more than 200,000 daily infections in the past week, bringing the total number of cases to 14.5 million.
Alcohol sales will be banned in Bangkok restaurants from Sunday, while entertainment venues will be shuttered across the country for two weeks.
On Friday, the World Health Organisation warned the world was "approaching the highest rate of infection" so far.
In Brazil, the country with the third-highest death toll in the world, night shifts have been added to several cemeteries as diggers work around the clock to bury the dead.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced Friday the country will begin easing some of its stricter COVID-19 restrictions April 26.
The prime minister expressed "cautious optimism" about the nation's progress in curbing the spread of COVID-19, saying there had been some modest improvement. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news. The other places are Britain (4.4 million), Turkey (4.1 million), Italy (3.8 million), and the ten most important countries in the world are Spain (3.4 million) and Germany (about 1.2 million).