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1:46 a.m. Summertime

The heads of state and government of the G7 are discussing reconstruction after Covid

The G7 heads of state and government are meeting this weekend for the first time in almost two years after the global coronavirus pandemic forced last year’s event to be canceled.

However, the health crisis still poses a major challenge for hosts Britain in preventing the virus from spreading among participants, reports AFP.

The leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Great Britain and the United States will discuss in particular post-pandemic reconstruction at the three-day talks in Carbis Bay, Cornwall.

The fair distribution of anti-Covid vaccines and climate change are also on the agenda in the picturesque seaside resort in south-west England.

All executives are at least partially vaccinated against Covid-19.

There are also her colleagues from the European Union as well as invited guests from Australia, India, South Korea and South Africa.

Most will attend in person, although India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend virtually because of the rapid spread of a new variant of the virus in the home.

Usually thousands of journalists attend the G7 summit, but the number of accreditations has been drastically reduced this year due to social distancing requirements.

And most of those who managed to secure a passport are kept at bay at a media center in Falmouth, about 36 miles by road from Carbis Bay.

1:39 a.m. Summertime

Japan could downgrade the emergency to the Olympics

The Japanese government is considering bringing a state of emergency in Tokyo and several other prefectures as planned on Jan.

New coronavirus infections in Tokyo Olympic City have slowly declined in the last month of emergency restrictions, although authorities remain concerned about the spread of variants and the ongoing strain on medical resources.

The Mainichi newspaper reported on Friday that the government would urge restaurants to observe shorter opening times and impose other curbs as part of the targeted quasi-emergency measures. Bars and restaurants now have to close until 8 p.m. and are not allowed to serve alcohol.

A final decision is expected late next week, a few days before the end of the current state of emergency, which also includes the North Island of Hokkaido, host of the marathon event.

Polls have shown that a majority of the Japanese public is opposed to hosting the Games this year as they are concerned about the flood of athletes and officials from overseas. Japan has been effectively closed to foreign visitors since the outbreak of the pandemic last year.

The Japanese government and the Olympic organizers have announced that the Games will take place – with the exception of “Armageddon,” as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) put it. The Olympic Games are scheduled to begin on July 23.

1:30 Summertime


Hello and welcome to today’s live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic with me, Helen Sullivan.

Here are today’s top stories so far:

The G7 heads of state and government are meeting this weekend for the first time in almost two years after the global coronavirus pandemic forced last year’s event to be canceled.

The Japanese government is considering bringing a state of emergency in Tokyo and several other prefectures as planned on Jan.

Here are the other major developments in the last few hours:

  • South Africa has entered its third wave of Covid-19 infections as the hardest-hit country on the continent registered 9,149 new cases. Reuters reports.
  • The Covid-19 case rates have increased in every region England with a sharp increase in the northwest, new numbers show.
  • The discovery of several thousand unreported deaths in the Indian state of Bihar has raised suspicions that many more coronavirus victims are not included in the official figures. The Bihar health department revised its total Covid-19-related death toll from about 5,424 on Wednesday to more than 9,429. The newly reported deaths occurred last month and state officials are investigating the failure, a district health official said, blaming private hospitals for oversight.
  • European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said it was necessary to know the origins of Covid-19 and investigators needed full access to websites that could shed light on the matter
  • According to the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, the coronavirus pandemic is having an unprecedented and profound impact on human rights. fuels racism and child abuse. The annual report states: “The pandemic and the reactions it triggered have exacerbated existing challenges and inequalities in all areas of life, especially affected groups.”
  • Ukraine has reiterated that it will not allow foreigners who have been vaccinated with the Russian Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik into the country if they don’t also give a negative test for the coronavirus.
  • Bulgaria wants to end the wearing of face masks in gyms, hair salons and small shopsPS and offices where all workers are vaccinated because the coronavirus infections are decreasing.
  • Denmark will abandon the use of masks in most public spaces and allow 25,000 fans to attend European Championship games in Copenhagen
  • Russia’s Covid numbers have been at a remarkably constant, uniform level for months, but this week the official caseload has increased steadily, and today was 11,699, its highest number in three months
  • The EU decided in March not to take advantage of an option to purchase 100 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. That is what European officials said.
  • A 52-year-old New South Wales woman who died after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine is “likely” Australia’s second death second of a rare and severe blood clotting syndrome related to the Covid vaccine, says the Australian Medicines Agency.
  • The Hong Kong government said this morning it will review its plan for a travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore in early July. after the proposal derailed a second time in May due to a spate of cases in Singapore.



Robert Dunfee