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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.”




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.


No fans to greet Olympic torch

There were no crowds as the torch reached Tokyo due to a dramatic rise in cases. Also: the WHO weighs in - to the debate over booster jabs, and French nightclubs are reopening - to revellers with a health pass.


Tokyo Olympics: fans to be banned

Japan declares state of emergency as cases rise. Also: the total global death toll passes four million; and lockdown in New Zealand leads to more children with respiratory illness.


India's health minister resigns

Harsh Vardhan had been criticised for his handling of coronavirus in India, which crippled its health services. Also: residents in Sydney face another nine days in lockdown; and Heathrow airport says it will pilot fast-track lanes for vaccinated arrivals.


'Uncharted territory' ahead as England plans to drop restrictions

Minister warns Infections could reach 100,000 per day after rules are relaxed on July 19th. Also: Israel and South Korea have struck a deal to exchange shipments of Pfizer vaccines, and the artist Damien Hirst's lockdown canvases go on display in Paris


Israel races to unload vaccine surplus

About a million doses of Pfizer vaccines are due to expire by the end of July. Also: the UK honours the National Health Service; and President Biden says the US will soon declare independence from Covid nineteen.