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A woman holds her dogs on a lead as she waits to cross a road next to the New National Stadium, the main stadium for the Tokyo Olympics. The Japanese government is expected to impose a third state of emergency in Tokyo soon amid an increase in cases of Covid-19 coronavirus in what experts have said is the fourth wave of the virus to hit the country. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Japan’s government is expected to issue a third state of emergency on Tokyo and three western prefectures that could last for about two weeks, accordi(...)

People walk past a banner with the logo of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games hanging from the wall of the Tokyo Metropolitan City Hall. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Japan is poised to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo and two other regions amid a surge in coronavirus cases just three months before the start of(...)

 A man takes a photo of the Tokyo Olympic countdown clock indicating the remaining 100 days until the Tokyo Olympic Games opening ceremony. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

The French Olympic committee (CNOSF) is confident that all French athletes can be vaccinated against Covid-19 before this year’s Tokyo Olympics, its p(...)

A  woman gets a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine in New Delhi, India. Some 11 million have received two doses in India as the country tries to build immunity to protect its population of nearly 1.4 billion people. File photograph: EPA

India has recorded its highest-ever number of daily Covid-19 cases as its fight to curtail a renewed wave of infections is beset by vaccine shortages (...)

People wearing protective face masks line up to offer prayers on the first business day of the year at the Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday. Photograph: Soichiro Koriyama/Bloomberg

Japan does not expect to start Covid-19 vaccinations until the end of February, said Yoshihide Suga, as he warned that a state of emergency could soon(...)

The postponed 2020 Tokyo Olympics remain under threat. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/Getty/AFP

When Japanese and International Olympic Committee officials finally accepted defeat in March and postponed the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, there was general (...)

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(...)

New York City street vendors march over the Brooklyn Bridge calling on the New York City Council to include street vendors in the city’s Covid-19 recovery efforts by passing a law, Intro 1116, that would lift the limits on the number of street permits. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA.

The United States has seen more than 250,000 deaths due to Covid-19 on Wednesday as the Trump administration repeatedly fails to get a grip on the cri(...)

Tokyo has been relatively successful in containing the virus. A city of 14 million people, it has reported less than 9,000 cases and 326 deaths since February. Photograph: Zasuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty

A year from now, the world will begin to gather in Japan to celebrate the opening of the Tokyo Olympics, which were supposed to begin this week. Or ma(...)

Tokyo’s entertainment district of Kabukicho. Photograph: Behrouz Mehri/AFP via Getty Images

Nightclubs and hostess bars in Tokyo are to be paid to close after the Japanese capital recorded 224 coronavirus cases on Thursday, the highest daily (...)

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