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.”
Will spectators be allowed at the Toyko Olympics?
Japan wrestles with prospect of thousands of Olympic spectators coming to the country; there are fears in India about coronavirus breaches and another major festival becomes a victim to the pandemic.
Japan eases state of emergency
Relaxed measures in Tokyo and other regions ahead of Olympics. Also: New restrictions come into force in the Russian city of St Petersburg, one of the venues for the delayed Euro 2020 football tournament, and the 5 metre long face-mask for a giant statue of a Buddhist Goddess.
Vaccinations compulsory for many Moscow workers
Authorities have ordered 60% of service workers to get the jab, as cases surge. Also: India reopens the Taj Mahal, and New York and California ease restrictions.
New Zealand works on ways to re-use PPE
Researchers begin final stage of a study to see if masks and gowns can be decontaminated. Also: Russia says it's worried about low vaccine take-up and US airlines report thousands of cases of passengers exhibiting bad behaviour on flights - many refusing to wear a face mask during the pandemic.
G7 makes global vaccine promise
Leaders pledge one billion doses for poorer countries. Italy eases restrictions as infection rates continue to fall across Europe, and the Argentinian football star Lionel Messi says he's concerned about contracting the virus at the Copa America in Brazil
South Africa stops use of contaminated vaccines
Millions of doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccines made in Baltimore are affected. Also: Saudi Arabia restricts this year's Hajj to its own citizens; and a new wave of infections in the Democratic Republic of Congo delays the return of the only remains of Patrice Lumumba.