"For this outbreak, it's clear that long periods of heavy restrictions has not got us to zero cases. But that is OK," said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
Vaccines are "one-million percent" the best protection against COVID, an infectious disease expert told Newsweek.
The R.1, Eta, Iota, Kappa, Lambda and Mu variants of the coronavirus have all been beaten out by the Delta variant.
The Mu variant peaked in the U.S. on June 19, when it accounted for three percent of the country's total COVID-19 cases.
As COVID cases decline in the U.S., experts told Newsweek the future is unpredictable.
"We're proposing this stimulus because of the difficulty so many are having with record setting inflation," Mary Johnson, a policy analyst at TSCL, told Newsweek.
Scientists fear the strain could be more able to resist protective antibodies found in the vaccinated and recently infected.
First detected in Japan, the variant contains a mutation that could enable it to bypass the antibody protection present in those who are fully vaccinated.
The three variants were believed to be more transmissible or pose a greater risk to people, but their circulation has steadily declined since being added to the list.
Natalie Wester told Newsweek that she and her husband wear masks to protect their immunocompromised child.
The petition has gained more than 2,887,000 signatures as of Saturday, with about 100,000 new signatures in the past month.
A spiraling number of new COVID-19 patients is overwhelming a growing number of American hospitals as the Delta variant continues to wreak havoc in the U.S. and around the world. Follow Newsweek's liveblog for all the latest.
Many hospitals are being forced to consider enacting "crisis standards of care"—prioritizing patients who are most likely to survive in a disaster situation.
As the Delta variant continues to spread in the U.S., experts have warned to Newsweek that vitamins are not the answer.
An outbreak of new cases in the Fujian province has caused travel within the region to be restricted, with at least 152 new cases in recent days.
President Joe Biden's chief medical advisor urged people to get vaccinated to avoid mutations accumulating and creating a "functionally different" COVID variant.
The numbers continue to rise with the Delta variant, but those with breakthrough cases of the virus still fare better in the hospital than unvaccinated patients.
Virus sequencing data shows that a Mu case was reported in Nebraska recently, meaning the variant has now been detected all across the U.S.
Fauci said the new variant is "not a matter of alarm" given how effective the COVID-19 vaccines have been at preventing severe illness.
A pre-print study has indicated Mu was more antibody-resistant than other variants in a lab setting, although the results need to be read with caution.
The Delta variant of COVID and continuing high unemployment are blocking the state's economic recovery, even as federal assistance programs come to a halt.
Doctors are bracing themselves for the emergence of yet another new variant, but many are left with little recourse to treat patients against stronger strains.
"We want to be specific about what we're trying to accomplish in this moment and what these six steps will do," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.
President Biden will later set out his 'six-pronged' plan to tackle spiraling COVID infections as schools reopen across the U.S.
The judge said he sees only two ways of protecting school children too young to get the vaccine from COVID: They can "either stay at home or mask."
The Delta variant remains by far the dominant strain and Mu only accounts for 0.2 percent of the total cases in the U.S.
With Mu spreading in the U.S., a professor of immunology and microbiology told Newsweek "Delta is the problem."
The WHO labeled Mu a variant of interest recently and hundreds of samples have been sequenced in the U.S.
Hospitals are being forced to switch to "crisis standards of care" as the Delta COVID-19 variant overwhelms U.S. states.