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The governor of Tokyo city's neighbouring Kanagawa prefecture on Friday warned of the risk of the health-care system collapsing if current COVID-19 infection rates continued.
"This sudden increase in cases, in particular this situation where young people are getting infected, if this is to continue there is ample risk of a medical collapse," Yuji Kuroiwa told the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan.
Japan on Friday expanded a coronavirus state of emergency to four more areas in addition to Tokyo following record spikes in infections as the capital hosts the Olympics.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared an emergency in Saitama, Kanagawa and Chiba, near Tokyo, as well as in the western city of Osaka, effective Monday until Aug. 31.
Emergency measures already in place in Tokyo will be extended until the end of August, after the Olympics and well into the Paralympics, which start Aug. 24.
Tokyo has reported a record increase in cases for three days in a row. The cases have doubled since last week, although officials say the surge is unrelated to the Olympics.
Japan has recorded 15,166 fatalities from COVID-19, including 2,288 in Tokyo, since the pandemic began.
What's happening in Canada
- Government extends pandemic recovery programs and business supports.
- Alberta's Dr. Deena Hinshaw on how the province is shifting out of pandemic mode.
- In New Brunswick, Dr. Jennifer Russell's pandemic-fighting powers vanish at midnight Friday as the province's emergency order expires.
- Rising COVID-19 transmission in Sask. a 'troubling' trend: statistician.
- 7-day average triples in 12 days as B.C. records 204 new cases of COVID-19.
- Only 1 type of business still isn't allowed to reopen in Ontario — oxygen bars.
- Ontario's about to get its 1st long weekend of the year with eased restrictions.
- Door-to-door campaign aims to boost vaccination rates, counter misinformation in Montreal area.
- Yukon reports another death from COVID-19 and 7 more cases
What's happening around the world
As of Friday morning, more than 196.6 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 4.1 million deaths had been reported.
In Africa, Ivory Coast has tripled its daily administration of COVID-19 vaccine doses in three months, the region's World Health Organization chapter says.
The continent has received less than two per cent of COVID-19 vaccines administered worldwide, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday.
Tedros also said the world is at risk of losing hard-won gains in fighting COVID-19 as the highly transmissible delta variant spreads.
In Asia, half of Myanmar's 54 million people could be infected with COVID-19 in the next two weeks, Britain's United Nations ambassador has warned. The military coup in early February has resulted in a "near total collapse" of the country's health-care system, ambassador Barbara Woodward told an informal Security Council discussion on Myanmar on Thursday.
In the Middle East, Israeli health authorities began administering coronavirus booster shots on Friday to people over 60 who've already received both doses of a vaccine, in a bid to combat a recent spike in cases.
In Europe, Moscow on Friday abolished a widely flouted requirement for people to wear gloves in public places and shops as daily COVID-19 cases in the Russian capital stayed below 4,000, down from over 7,000 earlier this month.
In the Americas, U.S. President Joe Biden said all federal workers in the United States will have to show proof of vaccination or else comply with new rules on mandatory masking, weekly testing and distancing. The new order comes as cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in the U.S., with about 60 per cent of eligible Americans fully vaccinated.
In the Asia-Pacific region, Australia will have to vaccinate 80 per cent of its adults against COVID-19 before it can consider reopening its border, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday as he announced a four-stage plan to greater freedom.
Morrison said the border would be gradually reopened in Phase C of the plan when that target is met, About 18 per cent of adults have been vaccinated under a campaign that got off to a slow start.
Australia is now in Phase A, or the suppression phase of the plan, with large parts of the country plunging in and out of lockdowns to stamp out the coronavirus.
Sydney is under a strict stay-at-home order because of a worrying surge of infections since the middle of June, driven by the highly contagious delta variant.
With files from The Associated Press
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