With the total cumulative number of COVID-19 cases at over 186 million, the concern about the pandemic remains strong, even as some countries are easing restrictions.
The United States, India and Brazil are the top three countries in terms of the number of registered coronavirus infections, while the largest number of COVID-19-related deaths has been observed in the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Japan’s municipalities will begin accepting applications for coronavirus vaccination passports starting July 26, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said on Sunday. The passport, which features the type of vaccine and the date and location of vaccination, could help boost international travel.
Meanwhile, in neighbouring South Korea, Seoul and its suburbs will embark on a very strict lockdown starting on Monday.