While Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban left the EPP Group after it changed its internal rules, MEPs delayed a decision on when to vote on the Brexit deal.
The country's Deputy Chief Medical Officer said Covid Placentitis, an infection in the placenta which causes stillbirths, was "a concern" but "very rare".
Only around 30% of French health workers have received a coronavirus vaccine so far. "This is not normal," the government told reporters on Thursday.
Secondary schools were already closed due to the spread of the virus, but now all schools in so-called red zones will be shut.
Euronews looks at recent border restrictions prompted by coronavirus variants and what they mean for the future of free movement in Europe.
Slovakia signed a deal to acquire 2 million doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine even though it has not received approval from the EU regulator.
Demonstrators left "body bags" depicting coronavirus deaths in front of the Government House with signs reading: "I was waiting for the vaccine but it was given to Alberto's (President Alberto Fernandez) friends."
Ultra-Orthodox Jews, known in Israel as Haredim, have in recent months clashed repeatedly with police enforcing coronavirus restrictions on gatherings.
At least eight arrests were made during a largely peaceful demonstration against the extention of pandemic-related restrictions.
Johnson & Johnson hope to supply more than 100 million doses of its one-shot injection to the US by the end of June.
While not as at risk to the disease as adults, youths may be more vulnerable to the collateral mental health effects of the pandemic, warned experts.
Empty of its usual visitors, the Louvre's gallery spaces were filled with the strains of Bach in a performance by cellist Camille Thomas who went viral in France's first lockdown.
More than 1,500 COVID-19 patients are occupying intensive care beds, the highest number yet recorded by the Czech healthcare system.