The latest coronavirus news in Canada and around the world Sunday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available.
8h42 : The mayors of two Tokyo islands have called on the metropolitan government to remove the planned Olympic torch relay from public roads amid an increase in coronavirus cases.
The torch relay in Tokyo, which began on Friday, has been pulled from all public roads except those on the islands, due to the increase in cases in the Japanese capital.
The Kyodo News Agency reported that the mayors of Oshima and Hachijo have called on the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to remove the torch from public roads in their areas, citing the increase in cases of the virus.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency in Tokyo on Thursday.
Last week, Olympic officials banned all fans from accessing venues in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures.
Tokyo reported 950 new cases on Saturday. This is the highest level since the beginning of May. Japan has reported around 816,000 cases and 15,000 deaths during the pandemic.
8h42 : New infections in South Africa have reached record levels in recent days.
It’s part of a rapid increase across the continent. And experts say the push here has yet to peak.
South Africa has reimposed several restrictions to combat the new wave. They include closing restaurants and bars and limiting alcohol sales.
Its vaccination campaign is also finding its marks after several stumbles. But experts say it’s too late to reduce the deadly impact of the current spike.
Instead, South Africa is rushing to immunize enough of its 60 million people to mitigate the impact of the next wave.
8h41 : Three million doses of Moderna vaccine have arrived in Indonesia.
Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said the Moderna vaccine would be used as a third dose for health workers.
Sadikin said that “the plan for this vaccine, besides (being) the first and second injections for the Indonesian people, we will use it specifically for the third booster injection for Indonesian health workers.”
Many healthcare workers have already been vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine produced in China.
8h41 : The Israeli prime minister said the country had reached an agreement with Pfizer to receive a new batch of coronavirus vaccine in August to help it with its adolescent vaccination campaign.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting that the agreement to bring forward the delivery of new vaccines to August 1 to “ensure from then on a continuous supply of vaccines in the State of Israel. “.
Bennett said the country had vaccinated more than 200,000 people in recent weeks. Many of them were teenagers. The country is trying to stop a new outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant. Children under 12 are not yet eligible for the vaccine.
Israel has vaccinated more than 61% of its 9.3 million citizens with at least one dose and nearly 56% with two doses, the vast majority with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
The Ministry of Health has seen a steady increase in new infections in recent weeks, most among unvaccinated young children. Most of the new infections have been mild cases of coronavirus.
8h40 : The British Vaccine Minister said the British should continue to wear masks indoors from July 19, even if the legal requirement to do so would be removed.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson will confirm on Monday whether most restrictions on coronaviruses, including social distancing and mandatory mask wear, will be lifted the following week as widely expected.
Vaccine Minister Nadhim Zahawi said new guidelines would be released on mask wearing on Monday. He said there would be “an expectation that people wear masks indoors, in crowded places, on public transport” instead of a legal requirement.
The UK is seeing a sharp increase in coronavirus cases. This is due in part to the more transferable Delta variant and in part to the increased social mix with the relaxation of lockdown rules. New cases now number more than 34,000 per day. But deaths and hospitalizations have remained low and broadly stable.
8h40 : Health officials say Libya has seen an unprecedented spike in coronavirus cases amid a slow vaccination program and concerns over the highly infectious variant of the Delta.
The number of new cases in the oil-rich country has increased more than six times since July 1, according to daily figures from the Libyan National Center for Disease Control.
“We are facing an unprecedented situation,” said Tareq Gibrael, chief medical officer of the center. “The constantly increasing curve of new cases shows that we are preparing for a third wave, especially now that the delta variant is spreading to neighboring countries. We are in a very difficult position. ”
The North African country recorded 2,854 new cases on Saturday, up from 719 a week earlier. So far, Libya has recorded more than 200,000 cases in total, including 3,232 deaths. The actual numbers would be much higher given the scarcity of testing and the exhaustion of the country’s healthcare system after nearly a decade of civil war.
8h30 : The number of inbound visitors to Canada has steadily increased since travel restrictions began to ease for eligible and fully vaccinated travelers – and border officials across the country are expecting more this weekend.
The Canada Border Services Agency said inbound traffic last week increased by about 25% after quarantine rules were lifted on Monday for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents and others already cleared to cross the border. border.
But despite the agency’s best efforts to publicize the requirements, about half of those requesting the exemption had to be turned away, said Denis Vinette, vice president of the agency’s travelers arm.
“It’s a question, I think, of people who don’t understand the rules,” Vinette said in an interview.
Only Canadian citizens, permanent residents and eligible foreign nationals who have completed a full cycle of one of the four COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada for two weeks – Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Oxford-AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson – are exempt from quarantine.
Canada has in place exceptions for foreign nationals who are immediate family members of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, as well as a process for extended family members and international students to do so. an entry request.
Of those who were denied the exemption last week, most had only received a single dose of a two-dose vaccine, had not waited the required 14 days after their last injection, or had received a vaccine not licensed for use in Canada, Vinette said.
Read the full Canadian Press article here.