Here are some significant developments:
- The British government was heavily criticized on Tuesday for allowing some senior business leaders in England to temporarily leave quarantine for work. The exemption applies to executives who can demonstrate that their work “has a greater than 50% chance of creating or preserving at least 500 UK-based jobs.”
- Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike has been discharged from a hospital, Japanese media reported. She had been off work for about a week to recuperate from fatigue. Infections are rising in the capital, and officials are considering extending strict distancing curbs through at least part of the Tokyo 2020 Games.
- North Korea’s Kim Jong Un warned of a “grave incident” that caused a “huge crisis” in Pyongyang’s battle against covid, state media reported, without providing further detail.
- Thailand reported a record 53 covid-linked deaths on Wednesday amid a recent pandemic wave and plans to reopen its Phuket resort island, without quarantine, to fully inoculated travelers on July 1.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin took to national television Wednesday to encourage citizens to get the jab, even revealing details about his own secretive vaccination.