The global total of COVID-19 cases surpassed 197 million on Friday.
And with the Delta variant continuing to spread, U.S. President Joe Biden said on Thursday that all federal employees must show proof that they have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
If not, they will face strict measures including regular testing and limits on official travel.
He also called for state and local governments to give 100 U.S. dollar paychecks to Americans who get fully vaccinated as an incentive.
Over in Australia, the New South Wales police has asked for assistance from the Australian Defense Force to crack down on those in Sydney breaching COVID-19 prevention measures.
This comes as the state recorded its highest daily tally on Thursday of 239 new infections.