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A daily round up of the latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world, with reports from effected areas and details of the latest medical information, and what the global effects are on health, business, sport, travel, and more.”

A daily round up of the latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world, with reports from effected areas and details of the latest medical information, and what the global effects are on health, business, sport, travel, and more.”


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A daily round up of the latest on the spread of the coronavirus around the world, with reports from effected areas and details of the latest medical information, and what the global effects are on health, business, sport, travel, and more.”




World leaders discuss pandemic-hit schooling

Britain and Kenya host a summit in London to raise aid to tackle a global education crisis sparked by Covid-19. Also: the Australian state of New South Wales sees the highest daily rise in new infections since the start of the pandemic, and world champion pole vaulter, Sam Kendricks, is ruled out of the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive.


US announces tougher rules to combat a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases

The Centers for Disease Control advises even vaccinated people to wear masks in public indoor spaces. Also: the British government says fully vaccinated travellers from the US and EU will be allowed to enter England without the need for quarantine.


Tokyo registers highest daily figure of new infections

More than 2,800 cases were registered in the Olympic host city. Hospitals have asked to prepare more beds. Also: World Bank to finance extra Covid jabs for poor nations, and scientists in the UK try to understand why recorded number of cases are falling.


The South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa eases some Covid restrictions

In South Africa, overall infections are said to be down twenty per cent as a result of the country's vaccination programme. Also, Australian police have said anti-lockdown protests will no longer be tolerated after thousands of demonstrators in Sydney defied coronavirus restrictions, and one of Bolivia's greatest contemporary artists, Roberto Valcárcel, has died of Covid-19 complications.


Australian PM calls anti-lockdown protests 'selfish'

The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, condemns recent anti-lockdown protests as dangerous and self-defeating. Also: Brazilian demonstrators call for President Bolsonaro to be impeached over his handling of the pandemic, and Olympic athletes are briefly allowed to remove their masks.


Biden warns of a 'pandemic of the unvaccinated'

President Joe Biden says unvaccinated people account for nearly all Covid-related deaths and hospitalisations in the US. Also, thousands of Australians protest against lockdown restrictions. And spectators in Tokyo have attended an Olympic cycling race, ignoring government advice.


Tokyo Olympics begin a year late

Opening ceremony remembers all those who've died during the pandemic. Also: New Zealand to suspend trans-Tasman bubble for two months, Eurozone economy rebounds and footballer Karim Benzema tests positive for Covid-19.


China rejects second WHO probe into Covid origins

China rejects a plan for a second WHO probe into the origins of Covid-19. Also: YouTube removes videos by President Bolsonaro of Brazil, saying that they spread misinformation; And Australia and New Zealand pull out of the Rugby League World Cup, over Covid concerns.


Health pass needed in France to visit museums and cinemas

The measure could be extended to restaurants and public transport. Also: WHO chief wants Olympics to go ahead, and Tunisian health minister sacked over 'mismanagement' of coronavirus crisis.


India's excess deaths 'could be ten times official figure

Researchers say it's India's worst humanitarian disaster since independence. Also: Iran reports its highest number of new cases in a single day; and Australia and Thailand reintroduce lockdown measures.


Is England's 'freedom day' safe?

England has lifted covid restrictions despite a sharp rise in infections. Dubbed 'freedom day, the legal requirement to wear masks and limit venue capacities has been scrapped. Also, the International Council of Nurses says health workers are being forgotten in the global vaccine rollout and South Sudan has closed down vaccination centres after a shortage of doses.


British PM to self-isolate in U-turn

Downing Street says Boris Johnson will conduct meetings remotely at his official country residence. Also: new research into the effects of long Covid, and people in LA to wear face masks indoors again.


First Covid case in Tokyo's Olympic village

The first Covid case is detected in the athletes village at the Tokyo Olympics. Also Saudi Arabia sharply reduces the number of pilgrims allowed on the Hajj. And President Biden says social media platforms are killing people by spreading misinformation about vaccines


Face masks become mandatory again in LA

The rule covering indoor spaces even applies to people who have been vaccinated. Also: record cases in Russia and a delegate at the Tokyo Olympics is hospitalised.


23 million children miss out on routine vaccines due to pandemic

The World Health Organisation says the pandemic has undone years of progress protecting children from illnesses such as measles, diphtheria and polio. Also: Thailand is told it will be waiting months for promised deliveries of AstraZeneca doses; and a ceremony is held in Spain to remember victims of the virus.


Olympic hotel in Japan reports Covid-19 cluster

Seven staff members test positive at a hotel hosting Brazilian athletes in the city of Hamamatsu. Also: face coverings will remain compulsory on London's public transport network despite England's restrictions easing next Monday, and France's traditional Bastille Day parade goes ahead with extra safety measures.


Iraqi hospital fire kills 80

Oxygen cylinder explosion blamed for blaze at Covid ward in Nassiriya. Also: UN warning over rise in global hunger levels due to coronavirus. And no music banned in South Korean gyms.


Covid vaccine: Thailand decides to mix jabs as cases spike

Instead of two Sinovac shots, people will now receive the AstraZeneca vaccine after their first Sinovac shot. Nigeria: Lagos Covid rule breakers to face harsh measures. Long Covid: Early findings bring hope for diagnostic tests.


Being infected by two variants at the same time

Experts warn of the 'rare' risk of dual infection, after the death of an elderly woman. Also: Taiwanese companies try to buy Chinese vaccines - to get round a diplomatic row, and Australia announces its first Covid-related death this year - amid rising cases.


The Netherlands reimposes restrictions

Nightclubs are closing until mid-August as infections skyrocket. Also: the Maltese government defends its decision to ban all visitors unless they've been fully vaccinated, and the UK government is reportedly tweaking its Covid app in England, so that fewer people are told to self-isolate.