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Healthcare workers conducting COVID-19 tests in Mumbai on May 6, 2021. Photo: Pratik Chorge/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Amazon told CNBC Thursday it is delaying its annual Prime Day sales in Canada and India as both countries struggle to control surges in new coronavirus cases.

Why it matters: In an email reviewed by Bloomberg, the company said the delay was needed to protect "the health and safety of our employees and customers," though Amazon didn’t give a rescheduled date in either country.

Context: Amazon's two-day discount event was partially created to drive new Prime subscriptions and to give the company a sales boost in the middle of the year.

  • Though Prime Day normally occurs in July, Amazon said it would take place in June this year, according to CNBC.
  • Last year, Amazon put the event on-hold until mid-October because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The big picture: India reported more than 414,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday and more than 3,900 new deaths from the virus, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

  • Canada reported more than 7,900 new cases and 42 deaths.
  • Hospitals in India are running critically low on oxygen supplies as new severe cases causes oxygen demand to jump "seven-fold," Axios' Rebecca Falconer reports.

Go deeper: Foreign aid pours into India as COVID-19 crisis worsens

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Aug 15, 2021 - Health

Man stabbed at Los Angeles City Hall COVID vaccine protest

Anti-vaccination protesters surround a counterprotester during an anti-vaccination rally near City Hall in Los Angeles on Saturday. Photo: David McNew/AFP via Getty Images

A man was stabbed and a journalist said he was assaulted during a protest against COVID-19 vaccinations outside Los Angeles' City Hall on Saturday.

Driving the news: A fight broke out after several hundred demonstrators rallied outside the City Hall and a small group of counterprotesters gathered nearby about 2pm local time, per the Los Angeles Times.

2 hours ago - World

Report: LGBTQ+ Afghans' lives "dramatically worsened" under Taliban rule

Taliban fighters in Kabul, Afghanistan, earlier this month. Photo: Mohd Rasfan/AFP via Getty Images

LGBTQ+ Afghans have been threatened, attacked and "faced an increasingly desperate situation and grave threats to their safety" since the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan last August, per a report published Wednesday.

What they're saying: "We spoke with LGBT Afghans who have survived gang rape, mob attacks, or have been hunted by their own family members who joined the Taliban, and they have no hope that state institutions will protect them," per a statement from study co-author J. Lester Feder.

4 hours ago - World

Canadian Indigenous group finds 93 suspected unmarked graves

A makeshift memorial honoring the 215 children whose remains were found in a mass grave in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, last May. Photo: Cole Burston/AFP via Getty Images

Indigenous leaders in Canada's western province of British Columbia said Tuesday they believe they've found 93 unmarked graves near a former boarding school.

The big picture: Hundreds of mass graves have been found at the grounds of former residential schools for Indigenous children since last May, when the remains of 215 children were uncovered at one such site in B.C.