An anti-Olympic protest in Tokyo. Recent surveys indicate high levels of public opposition in the host city. File photograph: Noriko Hayashi/Bloomberg

A rise in daily cases of the coronavirus in Tokyo has triggered fears of a possible fifth wave of infections, less than a month before the city is due(...)

 People wearing facemasks walk over Shibuya crossing  in Tokyo, Japan on Friday. The government announced an extension to the current state of emergency  as Japan continues to grapple with a fourth wave of coronavirus. Photograph:  Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images

Japan has extended emergency coronavirus measures in Tokyo and several other regions as the country struggles to rein in the latest wave of infections(...)

 Vehicles for Tokyo 2020 Olympics parked up at Tsukiji Depot in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday. Photograph: Koji Sasahara - Pool/Getty Images

When Japan won the competition to host the 2020 Olympics in the wake of a devastating earthquake and tsunami, then-prime minister Shinzo Abe said it w(...)

German health minister Jens Spahn says the 12-week gap between first and second doses of AstraZeneca vaccinations could be shortened. Photograph: Ahmad Yusni/EPA

British officials said on Friday people under 40 should be offered an alternative to Oxford/AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine where possible due to a sma(...)

A sign warns motorists of turkeys crossing Highway 86 near The Good Samaritan Society care center. The first person in the United States known to be infected with a new Covid-19 variant was a Colorado National Guardsman who had been sent to help out at the nursing home struggling with an outbreak. Photograph: David Zalubowski/AP Photo

The first reported US case of the Covid-19 variant that has been seen in the United Kingdom has been discovered in Colorado, Governor Jared Polis anno(...)

Consumption plunged a record 8.2 per cent as lock-down measures to prevent the spread of the virus kept consumers at home

Japan was hit by its biggest economic slump on record in the second quarter as the coronavirus pandemic emptied shopping malls and crushed demand for(...)

File image of Dr Anthony Fauci with US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Samuel Corum/The New York Times

US infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci on Wednesday called the White House effort to discredit him “bizarre” and urged an end to the divisivene(...)

An employee at the production line of Russia’s biotech company BIOCAD, which is developing its own vaccine against the new coronavirus and working on another one in cooperation with the country’s virus research centre in Strelna. Photograph: Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images.

A top US scientist has said that people should not count on a Covid-19 vaccine being developed any time soon, as global infections were set to pass 5(...)

A street  in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, Japan: People have been urged to stay at home, although there are no penalties for non-compliance. Photograph: Soichiro Koriyama/Bloomberg

As Japan nears three weeks under a state of emergency to tackle the spread of the coronavirus, reports indicate that the government is weighing the ne(...)

A young woman walks past closed shop shutters in Tokyo’s Asakusa district. Photograph: Franck Robichon

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is under pressure to take bolder steps to soften the economic blow of the coronavirus, with calls from his politic(...)

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