The number of new coronavirus infections globally rose for the first time in seven weeks, the World Health Organization said on March 1.

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The World Health Organization asked six African countries to be alert for possible Ebola infections, as Guinea on Feb. 16 reported new cases and Democratic Republic of Congo said its new infections were a resurgence of a previous outbreak.

Severe Covid-19 infections are beginning to abate in many parts of the United States even as the death toll mounts, signaling an end to the pandemic’s post-holiday surge and prompting some states to ease public health restrictions.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned health care personnel not to make any changes to the dosing of Covid-19 vaccines and that doing so would place the public health at risk and undermine “the historic vaccination effort to protect the population.”

A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel on Dec. 12 recommended the nation’s first COVID-19 vaccine, helping clear the way for public health authorities to begin the largest vaccination campaign in U.S. history.

California announced an app to help people track their exposure to the coronavirus, becoming the largest U.S. state to take advantage of new technology from smartphone software makers Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google.

President-elect Joe Biden made his selections for two key public health positions, sources said, as he prepares to take office in January while the coronavirus pandemic rages to new levels across the United States.

The United States set single-day records for new infections and deaths as California’s governor said he would impose some of the nation’s strictest stay-at-home orders in the coming days when intensive care units are expected to reach capacity.

Nearly all social gatherings of individuals from more than a single household will be banned in Los Angeles County for at least three weeks starting Nov. 30 under new restrictions unveiled by local health officials, citing a continued surge in Covid-19 infections.