The Tokyo 2020 Olympics, postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be held under unprecedented conditions and tight quarantine rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections.

Iran PressAsia: Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed 188.3 million globally, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Our World in Data has reported that the number of confirmed deaths stands at more than 4.05 million. More than 3.51 billion vaccination doses have been administered globally.

A number of cases have emerged involving athletes and other people involved with the Games.  A coach with Uganda's squad tests positive on arrival at Narita airport and is quarantined at a government-designated facility. The rest of the team heads by bus for their host city, Izumisano near Osaka in western Japan, Reuters reported.

The refugee Olympic team has delayed its arrival in Japan following a positive case with a team official in Doha. The infected official is in quarantine without symptoms and 26 of the 29 refugees will remain in their Doha training camp.

Twenty-one members of the South African rugby team are in isolation after they are believed to have been in close contact with a case on their flight.  Seven staff at a hotel in Hamamatsu, central Japan, where dozens of Brazilian athletes are staying have tested positive, a city official said.

Haiti received on Wednesday its first 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines donated by the US government through the COVAX vaccine distribution scheme, regional health officials said.

South Korea is sending a medical team to the Middle East to tackle a coronavirus outbreak on one of its ships on anti-piracy patrol. New daily infections in South Korea are hovering around record levels with 1,600 reported on Thursday.

More than 5,000 anti-vaccine protesters rallied in Athens on Wednesday to oppose Greece's coronavirus vaccinations program.

Police in Paris clashed with demonstrators protesting against President Emmanuel Macron's plan to require a COVID-19 vaccine certificate or negative PCR test to gain entry to bars, restaurants and cinemas from next month.

Singapore reported its highest number of local coronavirus cases in 10 months on Wednesday.

The Australian state of Victoria was ordered into a five-day lockdown on Thursday following a spike in COVID-19 infections. The city of Sydney is also in lockdown as the two main population hubs battle an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta variant.


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