Japan plans to lift a state of emergency in Tokyo on June 20, a month before the Olympics begin.
The capital city and various other regions have been under a virus emergency since April 25.
Japan is considering allowing spectators at the Olympics, though there is no official confirmation yet.
Relaxation of restrictions could allow 10,000 people, or 50% of the venue capacity at sporting events.
An announcement is expected later Thursday after top officials discuss the matter with medical advisers.
Here are the latest major developments on coronavirus from around the world.
New Zealand’s economy posted better-than-expected growth of 1.6% in the first quarter of 2021. The growth meant that the economy was back at pre-COVID levels, driven largely by spending on hospitality and retail goods like television and cars.
Thailand plans to fully reopen vaccinations for foreign visitors by mid-October, as the country seeks to restart a COVID-battered tourism industry.
England has seen a 50% rise in infections since May due to the delta variant, a large prevalence study led by Imperial College London found.
Meanwhile, fully vaccinated people in the United Kingdom could be allowed to travel to amber list countries without quarantining, the Daily Telegraph reported. The list includes popular tourist destinations such as Spain, France, Italy and the United States.
The number of coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 1,330 to 3,718,955 on Thursday. The death toll rose by 105 to 90,179.
German biotech CureVac NV said its COVID vaccine was only 47% effective in a late-stage trial. The European Union had secured up to 405 million doses of the vaccine last November.
UAE’s Abu Dhabi has become the first city to receive the coronavirus Sotrovimab medication. Health officials had approved emergency use of the medicine, saying it reduced hospitalization and fatalities by as much as 85% if administered in time.
The United States government bought another 200 million doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines for primary inoculation, including of children. This brings the total US order to 500 million.
Costa Rica rejected Chinese drugmaker Sinovac Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccines after having studied available clinical data. Uruguay had released data on the same vaccine earlier this month, in which it showed the vaccine was 90% effective in preventing intensive care admissions and deaths in the country.
rm/rt (Reuters, AP)
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