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UK’s ‘Freedom Day’ marred by soaring cases
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “Freedom Day,” ending more than a year of lockdown restrictions in England, was marred July 19 by surging infections, warnings of supermarket shortages and his own forced self-isolation.
Johnson’s bet — that he can get one of Europe’s largest economies firing again because so many people are now vaccinated — marks a new chapter in the global response to the coronavirus.
While entertainment businesses are jubilant, many are worried about scrapping restrictions. (Reuters, AP)
Cases of delta variant spreading in China
The delta variant poses new risks for the world’s second-biggest economy as it spreads from the coast to China’s inland cities and presents fresh challenges to authorities who have for months managed to avert any widespread outbreak of the coronavirus.
Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu province, confirmed its first delta cases July 20, traced back to a flight from Russia. Since then, many cities in southern China and a few in the north including Beijing have reported infections. The tally of locally transmitted cases stood at 353 as of Aug. 1. (Reuters)
These articles were provided by The Japan Times Alpha.