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German government calls for a short country-wide lockdown

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The German government is calling for a short country-wide lockdown to try and curb the spread of Covid-19.

Earlier Wednesday, the governor of Japan's Osaka prefecture said he couldn't allow Olympic torchbearers to run on public streets as planned due to a rise in Covid-19 cases.

In a press statement released Wednesday evening, Tokyo 2020 said the change of format to the torch relay event “will implement all necessary measures to ensure a safe environment for torchbearers who wish to run there, with no spectators being admitted on either day. ” 

Osaka prefectural government reported a record high of 878 daily new coronavirus cases on Wednesday.

“I have always advocated for the use of only fully approved vaccines,” he said during the news conference.

The country of 10 million has reported 27,329 Covid-19 deaths and more than 1. 5 million cases.

Pakistan has recorded more than 700,000 cases of Covid-19 and more than 15,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest tally from Johns Hopkins University.

British Health Secretary said the rollout of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine in the UK has started in Wales on Wednesday.

Brazil reported a record 4,195 new Covid-19 deaths, the latest health ministry data on Tuesday showed.

Additionally, 86,979 new Covid-19 cases were reported across the country, raising the tally of infections to 13,100,580, according to the health ministry.

An investigation has been launched in the Philippines following the death of a man who is said to have been forced to do “pumping exercises” as a punishment for breaking Covid-19 curfew rules, CNN affiliate CNN Philippines reports.

Some context: Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report in March calling on Philippine authorities to “respect the basic rights of people detained for violating the government’s Covid-19 regulations. ” 

South Korea granted a conditional approval for Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday, according to the country's Food and Drug Safety Ministry.

Earlier, a Senior Health Ministry official warned of the increasing possibility the country was heading into a fourth Covid-19 wave after the nation reported 668 new cases from Tuesday, the biggest daily jump since January 8.

As of Wednesday, a total of 1,039,066 people have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine and 33,414 people got the second dose, the KDCA press release said.

The governor of Japan's Osaka prefecture has said he will not allow Olympic torchbearers to run on public streets as planned next week after a surge in Covid-19 infections prompts officials to declare a state of medical emergency.

Osaka prefectural government reported a record high of 878 daily new coronavirus cases on Wednesday.

Japan’s capital Tokyo also reported 555 new cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday.

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