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Live Updates: Japan's Daily COVID-19 Cases Reportedly Top 10,000 for 1st Time in Two Months

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the world stands at over 197 million, while the global death toll has surpassed 4.2 million, according to Baltimore, Maryland's Johns Hopkins University.
The US remains the worst-hit nation, confirming almost 35 million cases so far, and a death toll of 613,000.
Next is India, reporting around 31.6 million cases and over 423,000 deaths. At the same time, Brazil has confirmed around 19.9 million cases and the second-highest death toll in the world - over 556,500 fatalities.
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18:07 GMT 01.08.2021
Companies to Offer Discounts to Incentivize UK Citizens to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

LONDON (Sputnik) - Prominent businesses will provide various discounts and perks to induce UK citizens to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and boost the country's vaccination drive, the government said on Sunday.

"Uber, Bolt, Deliveroo and Pizza Pilgrims are among the household names who will be offering discounts and incentives to customers who get a COVID-19 vaccine and help protect the country from the virus, as we continue the cautious return to normality," the government said in a statement.

Uber, for example, will be giving discounts for its Uber rides as well as meals on Uber Eats for vaccinated young people. Other offers may include vouchers or discount codes for those who book vaccination via the NHS, social media contests and promotional offers for restaurants.

The United Kingdom so far has administered over 85.1 million vaccine doses, with 88.6% of the country's adult population receiving at least one jab and 72.5% having got both shots already.

17:07 GMT 01.08.2021
UN Chief Says World in 'Middle of Education Crisis' Due to COVID-19

UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - The world is going through an education crisis as millions of children remain out of schools due to the pandemic, the United Nations chief said on Sunday.

"We are in the middle of an education crisis. 156 million students are still affected by school closures due to #COVID19, and 25 million may never return," Antonio Guterres tweeted.

The post-COVID-19 recovery therefore should invest in teaching staff and innovative educational systems, he noted.

16:41 GMT 01.08.2021
Japan's Daily COVID-19 Cases Top 10,000 for 1st Time in Two Months - Reports

TOKYO (Sputnik) - Over 10,000 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Japan on Sunday, even though fewer tests are usually taken on weekend, the NHK broadcaster reported.

The country is witnessing a spike in infections. Tokyo's daily cases topped 3,000 for the first time on July 28, before hitting 4,000 three days later.

In total, the country has logged over 937,000 cases since the start of the pandemic, including 15,211 deaths.

The prefectures of Saitama, Chiba, Kanagawa, Osaka as well as Olympic host Tokyo have been put under a state of emergency until August 31.

13:02 GMT 01.08.2021
Virus Similar to SARS-CoV-2 Might Have Existed Since 2013, Swiss Epidemiologist Says
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). - Sputnik International, 1920
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11:36 GMT 01.08.2021
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10:25 GMT 01.08.2021
Protests Against Coronavirus Restrictions Hit Berlin
A demonstrator holds up signs reading democracy and freedom during a protest against the government measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), on the day of discussion in the lower house of parliament Bundestag regarding additions for the Infection Protection Act, in Berlin, Germany April 21, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920
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08:26 GMT 01.08.2021
Russia Records 22,804 COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia registered 22,804 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, down from 23,807 the day before, taking the overall tally to 6,288,677, the federal response centre said on Sunday.

"Over the past day, 22,804 COVID-19 cases were confirmed across 85 Russian regions, including 1,959 cases (8.6%) without clinical symptoms", the centre said, adding that the rate of increase stands at 0.36%.

07:47 GMT 01.08.2021
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05:14 GMT 01.08.2021
Eight People Lost Accreditation Due to Safety Rule Violations at Tokyo Games

TOKYO (Sputnik) - Eight people related to the Olympic Games have had their accreditation revoked for violating safety regulations, the CEO of the organizing committee, Toshiro Muto, said.

On Saturday, 21 new coronavirus cases were registered at the Tokyo Olympics. There are no athletes among those who tested positive. On Sunday, 18 new positive tests, including one among athletes, were reported. The total number of Olympics-related infections stands at over 260.

Muto told reporters on Sunday that the burden on the healthcare system is "minimal" and as one week remains until the end of the Olympics, the organizers will do everything to ensure safe Paralympics.

05:07 GMT 01.08.2021
Sky News Australia Rumoured to Be Suspended on YouTube Over Breaching COVID Misinfo Policy
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