Malaysians walking  pass  a large screen displaying the Malaysia national flag in Kuala Lumpur. Some 85.7%  of the adults in the country have received complete doses of vaccine against Covid-19. Photograph: EPA/Fazry Ismail

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People take part in a Covid-19 coronavirus vaccination drill at the Kawasaki City College of Nursing on January 27th. Photograph: Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images

Japan’s biggest cities are under a state of emergency as coronavirus deaths rise, even while the country tries to convince the world it can safely hol(...)