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Cumulative global cases have reached 190,355,867, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The worldwide death toll has reached 4,088,069.
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Monday July 19 (Tokyo time)
2:16 p.m. Toyota Motor will not broadcast any television commercials related to the Olympics and its officials will not attend the opening ceremony or other events, although the automaker is a major sponsor. The move comes amid lukewarm public sentiment towards the event, which is set to begin on Friday amid an increase in coronavirus cases in Tokyo.
13:47 India reports 38,164 new cases in the past 24 hours – the 22nd day in a row with fewer than 50,000 infections – bringing the cumulative total to 31.14 million. Deaths fell below 500 for the first time since early April, increasing from 499 to 414,108. India has so far administered around 406.5 million doses of the vaccine nationwide, mostly the first of two injections required. The country of more than 1.3 billion people has set an ambitious goal of vaccinating its entire adult population of 940 million by the end of this year.
12:42 Coronavirus cases have reached record levels in South Korea, resulting in tighter restrictions that put pressure on small and medium-sized businesses already reeling from previous outbreaks and widening the performance gap between large and small businesses rivals. Although slightly down from last week’s peak, South Korea reported 1,252 cases for Sunday, the highest daily number for a Sunday since the pandemic began.
12h00 The Australian state of Victoria will extend a COVID-19 lockdown beyond Tuesday despite a slight drop in new infections as the country struggles to stop the spread of the highly infectious delta variant in major cities like Melbourne and Sydney.
11:19 a.m. Japan’s premier Nikkei Stock Average tumbles during morning trading, dropping 500 points, or 1.8% at one point, as the rapid spread of the delta variant in Asian countries clouded their economic recovery after the pandemic. Japan will also have a long holiday weekend, which has made investors in the Tokyo market cautious about buying.
Despite the state of emergency, Tokyo on Sunday reported 1,008 new infections, surpassing the 1,000 mark for the fifth day in a row, just days before the opening of the Olympics.
10:30 Thailand reports 11,784 new cases, the fourth consecutive day of record infections, as the country struggles to cope with its worst outbreak to date. The country’s COVID-19 task force is also announcing 81 new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 3,422 and with 415,170 recorded cases.
10:15 a.m. Singapore’s health ministry has “strongly” advised unvaccinated people, especially the elderly, to stay home as much as possible over the next few weeks, citing increased concerns about the risk of community spread of COVID- 19. The country reported 88 new cases of locally transmitted coronavirus on Sunday, the highest daily toll since last August, due to growing clusters of infections linked to karaoke bars and a fishing port.
9:40 a.m. China is reporting 31 new cases for Sunday, up from 33 a day earlier. Of the new cases, 26 were from overseas and five were local transmissions, all in the southwestern border province of Yunnan. 17 other asymptomatic cases were detected on the continent on July 18, down from 27 a day earlier. China does not count asymptomatic infections as confirmed cases.
6.30 a.m. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is ending more than a year of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in England, urging the public to remain cautious but trusting vaccines to protect the country even as infections rise. Laws in England requiring masks to be worn in shops and other indoor places expire early Monday, as do capacity limits in bars and restaurants, and rules limiting the number of people who can socialize together.
Britain aims to accelerate its economic recovery. But that ambition could be thwarted, with tens of thousands of new infections forcing hundreds of thousands of workers to self-isolate on a daily basis.
Johnson and Finance Minister Rishi Sunak are among those who have isolated themselves after Health Minister Sajid Javid tested positive for the virus on Saturday. A plan for Johnson and Sunak to dodge the 10-day quarantine requirement was dropped on Sunday after public outcry.
5:00 a.m. Six athletes and two staff from the Great Britain team were forced into self-isolation after coming into contact with a member of the public who had COVID-19 on his flight to Tokyo.
01:25 U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy is sticking to federal guidelines that people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear masks. Murthy said on Sunday that letting those vaccinated forgo masks also gives communities the flexibility to revert to mask mandates based on new infections and vaccination rates, as Los Angeles has done.
New cases nationwide have jumped 70% over the past week, from the previous seven days to an average of 30,000 per day, fueled by the delta variant. Deaths increased by 26% to an average of 250 per day, mostly in unvaccinated patients.
Murthy accuses social media companies of fueling misinformation and false narratives about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, echoing comments by President Joe Biden that these companies are “killing people.”
Sunday July 18 (Tokyo time)
8:34 p.m. Deaths from COVID-19 among Indonesian doctors rose sharply in the first half of July, according to the country’s medical association, as the delta variant of the coronavirus fuels an increase in infections nationwide. The 114 doctors who died from July 1 to July 17 are the most reported for a similar period of time and more than 20% of the 545 doctor deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, association officials said at the time. of a virtual conference. press conference.
8:33 p.m. Stricter social distancing measures in Hanoi come into effect Monday as the Vietnamese capital experiences a slight increase in coronavirus cases. All non-essential services will be halted until further notice, authorities said on Sunday, and public transport services to and from affected provinces will also be suspended. Citizens are encouraged to stay at home and only leave when necessary.
5:11 p.m. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government reported 1,008 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, exceeding 1,000 for the fifth day in a row. The figure adds to evidence that the capital of Japan is experiencing a fifth wave of the virus ahead of the start of the Olympics in the city in less than a week.
5:10 p.m. South Korea is expanding tighter COVID-19 restrictions on private gatherings beyond the Seoul metropolitan area from Monday as the country struggles to contain its worst outbreak, the prime minister said. Current rules in Seoul limiting private gatherings to four people will apply nationwide until August 1.
2:55 p.m. Australia’s two largest states reported a slight drop in new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, prompting authorities to say it could be days before strict lockdown measures show progress to contain the spread of the delta variant.
11:09 am Thailand is announcing an extension of coronavirus restrictions that include travel restrictions, shopping center closures and a nighttime curfew to three other provinces after the country reported a third consecutive day of record-breaking cases.
10:09 am Thailand reports a record 11,397 new coronavirus cases, the third day in a row that the Southeast Asian country has seen a record high.
8:01 am Britain is supporting 15 new studies on the treatment and diagnosis of ‘long COVID’, a disease that can include dozens of symptoms and last for months after a first episode of COVID-19 infection.
Saturday July 17 (Tokyo time)
22:17 Vietnam announces it will impose movement restrictions in 16 southern provinces for two weeks from Monday as the country faces its worst COVID-19 outbreak to date.
The country has managed to keep coronavirus cases relatively low through targeted mass testing and strict contact tracing, border checks and quarantine measures, but new clusters of infections in recent weeks have sparked the concern of health officials.
“The current epidemic we are facing is getting more and more complicated,” the government said in a statement. “Borders are used to protect people’s health. “
9:45 p.m. British Minister of Health Sajid Javid tests positive for COVID-19 but says his symptoms are mild and he has received two doses of the vaccine against the disease. Javid, who has been Health Secretary for three weeks, backed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to completely reopen the English economy and remove legal restrictions on coronaviruses from Monday.
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