Covid-19 global updates: Coronavirus forces another reduced hajj pilgrimage

Here are some significant developments:

  • England on Monday lifted almost all of its remaining coronavirus restrictions, including an indoor mask mandate, even as new cases soared to some of the highest levels in months and several senior government officials — including Prime Minister Boris Johnson — were in quarantine.
  • An alternate for the U.S. women’s gymnastics team tested positive for the coronavirus Monday, in the first known case among Team USA athletes who traveled to Tokyo for the Olympic Games. Three South African soccer players also tested positive at Tokyo’s Olympic Village over the weekend.
  • Australian officials said Monday that they were extending a lockdown in Victoria state, including the city of Melbourne, after detecting more locally transmitted coronavirus cases. State Premier Daniel Andrews did not say how long the restrictions would be in force.
  • More than 80 percent of some 300 personnel aboard a South Korean destroyer in the Gulf of Aden have tested positive for the coronavirus, Reuters reported Monday, citing the country’s military leadership. Authorities sent aircraft to replace the crew, which was on an anti-piracy mission.
  • Iran’s government Monday announced a week-long lockdown in the capital, Tehran, and surrounding areas to halt the spread of a growing coronavirus outbreak officials have blamed on the more contagious delta variant.
  • Indonesia, facing what experts call a “catastrophic” coronavirus surge as the delta variant rips through hospitals, is now recording some of the highest daily case numbers in the world, outpacing global pandemic hot spots such as India and Brazil. On Monday, the Southeast Asian nation reported a record 1,338 new coronavirus deaths.

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