European countries have reported record coronavirus infections as the World Health Organization warned that the combination of the Omicron and Delta variance was leading to a tsunami of cases.
The head of the WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was speaking at a press conference in Geneva from where Imogen Foulkes reports.
As the Omicron variant takes hold, the WHO is worried about two things, complacency and what Dr Tedros called narrow nationalism.
Across Europe, infection rates are breaking all records.
There's a rush to provide booster shots.
The WHO believes this could deprive poorer countries where millions are still waiting for their first jab.
But, where vaccine coverage is high, there's also a growing view that the new variant is mild.
This, the WHO warns, is dangerous complacency.
The United States is now recording its highest daily Covid infection since the pandemic started, an average of 265,000 per day in the past week.
But the Centers for Disease Control says hospitalizations and deaths remain comparatively low.
It's been announced that the leaders of the United States and Russia will have their second phone call in less than a month on Thursday.
Tensions remain high over the buildup of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine.
Grant Ferrett reports.
The White House said Vladimir Putin had requested a talk to Joe Biden.
And the two men would discuss a range of issues, including Iran.
But it's clear that Ukraine will top the agenda.
Officials in Washington said President Biden would offer a diplomatic path.
Ahead of the planned phone call though, the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to Ukraine's leader Volodymyr Zelensky to offer unwavering support for his country's independence.
A Russian court has shut down the sister organization of Memorial International, the country's oldest rights group, which itself was ordered to close on Tuesday.
The Memorial Human Rights Center had kept a list of what it described as political prisoners in Russia, including the leading Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Prosecutor said its work justified terrorism and extremism.
A World Food Program warehouse containing almost 2,000 tons of food aid has been looted by gunmen in Sudan's North Darfur state.
Residents of al-Fashir, the state capital, reported heavy shooting near the scene later on Tuesday.
The UN says one in three people in the country are in need of humanitarian assistance.